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“Music is a Universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”
(National Curriculum 2014)

Music is an important part of school life at Ryders Hayes and we are proud of our music curriculum and the opportunities given to all children.


At Ryders Hayes we believe that music plays a valuable role in a child’s education. We aim to:

  • Provide all children with a music education that is stimulating, enriching and inspiring through curricular and extra-curricular learning.
  • Promote positive attitudes towards other cultures and musical styles from a variety of time periods.
  • To encourage confidence in all children through their involvement in music, and help them to develop their ability to communicate, co-operate and respect their peers through a variety of musical activities.


  • Make musical learning relevant to each child using specific topics from the Charanga Music Scheme, Music Express and incorporating national initiatives such as BBC 10 Pieces
  • Give all pupils the opportunity to perform music, whether that be singing or playing an instrument within an ensemble, small group or individually.
  • Understand and explore the inter-related dimensions of music : pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, texture, timbre and structure.
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • Be given the opportunity to use technology to enhance musical learning.
  • Listen to, review and evaluate a wide range of musical styles, genres and traditions.
Curriculum Music Lessons

At Ryders Hayes all pupils from Reception to Year 6 have a weekly music lesson. We follow the National Curriculum using Charanga Musical School and other nationally recognised schemes from Music Express and BBC 10 Pieces.
The Music Department is very well resourced and instruments available for use in lessons include recorders, glockenspiels, ukuleles and the newly launched pBuzz as well as a large selection of percussion and world music instruments.
In Year 5 all pupils have the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument (trombone, trumpet or clarinet) as part of their class music lesson.

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