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Vision for The Arts at Holy Family


At The Holy Family School, we aim to make music an enjoyable experience for pupils of all abilities.  As a vehicle for personal expression it promotes emotional development, encourages creativity and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the wider curriculum; it builds self respect and supports developing self control and positive social attitudes. We strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of music by supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential.


Music is an important part of our daily worship and the children know, and sing with enthusiasm, a wide variety of hymns and sacred songs.

In Key Stage 2 there is the opportunity to learn piano with a specialist teacher who offers 1:1 tuition.

In Year 4, pupils engage in a whole class instrumental tuition programme to learn to play the ukelele together with a specialist teacher. This opportunity works to continually improve access to music education for all children at Holy Family School.

The talents of our children are frequently shared with the wider school community, with a variety of musical celebrations happening across the school year, eg Christmas and Easter productions, end of term concerts, class assemblies.

At Holy Family we aim to teach the children in Key Stage 1 to:


  • Listen and respond to a wide range of music.
  • Use their voices expressively by singing songs, speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Create musical patterns.
  • Explore and express their ideas and feelings about music using movement, dance and expressive, musical language.
  • Become aware that sounds can be made in different ways and described using signs and symbols.

At Holy Family we aim to teach the children in Key Stage 2 to:


  • Sing songs with clear diction, control of pitch and musical expression.
  • Improvise and develop their own musical compositions.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments with control and accuracy.
  • Use and apply the musical elements and vocabulary through performing,composing and appraising.
  • Recognise that music is produced in different ways (including ICT) 
  • Describe music through established and created notations.

Long Term Overview Music