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Horizon Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education.

company number 08411590

registered office is C/O Biggin Hill Primary School, Biggin Avenue, Bransholme, Hull, United Kingdom HU7 4RL.

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Gillshill Primary



We use Charanga to teach our Music lessons. Through this programme, children have the opportunity to learn about: a wide range of music genres and their features; how to sing and play instruments along to well-known songs; improvisation and composition; the inter-related dimensions of music and also about the history of music, learning about different composers. The planned progression built into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

Music Long Term Plan

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1 Hip-Hop Pop Classical
Year 2 Rock Pop Classical
Year 3 Glockenspiel Reggae Classical
Year 4 Pop Glockenspiel Classical
Year 5 Samba Samba Samba
Year 6 Motown Ballads Classical

Within EYFS, children learn to sing well-known nursery rhymes and learn to explore the sounds that instruments make.

As well as following our Charanga programme, we find as many opportunities as we can to bring music into other areas of the curriculum, such as: listening to war songs when learning about both World Wars; listening to traditional music from different cultures around the world whilst learning about them in Geography; listening to music from different religions, etc.

Children also develop their musical skills through weekly hymn singing assemblies, class assemblies, Harvest Festivals and Christmas productions.

In Key Stage 2, children have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument in a small group, taught by a teacher from the Hull Music Service. We currently have children learning how to play the drums, the cello, the double bass, the violin, the flute and the clarinet. Once our children have developed these skills, they are able to take graded exams.

Miss Hunt, from the Hull Music Service, also teaches Samba to pupils in Year 5 once a week and runs a Samba club after school. This creates many exciting opportunities for our pupils. We have previously entered and been very successful in both the Hull Music Festival and the Music For Youth Festival (where we reached the national event in Birmingham in 2018). We have also performed at many different events across the city, particularly during the year of the City of Culture.

We are also fortunate to have had many exciting visitors into our school such as Opera North, Rock Steady and musicians from Freetown in Sierra Leone.


Music Documents:

Music Intent, Implementation and Impact Statements

Music Progression of Skills

Music Policy Sept 2020