Music at Barwic Parade



At Barwic Parade, we want to open up the world to our pupils, providing them with experiences that they may otherwise not have. Our bespoke curriculum has been created with this in mind – we bring the world into our classrooms to provide context, knowledge and skills to help our children develop and succeed. Music plays an important part in this as it is a universal language that everyone can understand. It is academic, physical and emotional.


Through their engagement in music lessons, we intend that our pupils will:

  • sharpen their cognitive skills and increase their capacity to perform tasks that require sustained attention and careful listening and reading
  • increase their collaborative skills through performing in groups
  • develop their imagination and intellectual curiosity
  • become more emotionally developed, empathic towards others and be better equipped to cope with negative emotions

We believe that children’s brains are muscles that need to be used and strengthened – that every child has the capacity to learn. Music study can help to build bridges between pieces of information within children’s working and long-term memory, resulting in their learning being more permanent.




Early Years

Music is an integral part of the Early Years curriculum as it develops crucial listening skills. As such, it is taught through Phase 1 phonics sessions, as well as discreet teaching sessions. The children also have regular access to music based areas of provision in which to practise and embed their skills and learning. Both Nursery and Reception children also perform a nativity for their parents at Christmas.


Key Stages 1 and 2

In Key Stages 1 and 2, the children are taught music in weekly sessions. Teachers use a bespoke curriculum (developed from the North Yorkshire County Council Primary Music Curriculum) appropriate to each age phase to support their teaching.

Musical opportunities are also built into other subjects across the curriculum where there are strong and relevant links to be made. A fortnightly singing assembly offers all children in the school the chance to work on their singing and performing skills. Key Stage 1 children perform in a Christmas musical each December, year 3/4 give a performance at Easter and year 5/6 give a performance at the end of the school year.


Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to take part in Young Voices in which they learn specially selected songs from a diverse range of sources and join with children from other schools to perform together as part of a massed choir of thousands.



Due to the nature of music, evaluation of the subject content is through observation by leaders of lessons, evidence uploaded to our secure school network and final performances. Further to this, pupil conferencing takes place to find out how well pupils can discuss elements of music outside of the music lesson.

Pupil achievement against the National Curriculum outcomes is tracked half-termly to show which children are working towards, meeting or exceeding the lesson objectives and which pupils are on track to be working at age related standard or beyond at the end of each Key Stage. Our skills progression document helps teachers with their assessment by breaking National Curriculum objectives into clear, specific success criteria.



Progression of skills

Young Voices

Our Young Voices choir are busy rehearsing for their upcoming Young Voices performance which will mark their 25th Anniversary. We can't wait to see what they've got in store for this special year!