Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School


At Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School our aim is for children to explore the universal language of music. Our intention is to “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.” National Curriculum 2014.

Through a sequence of lessons children will have opportunities to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music. They will learn to sing and to use their voices to create music on their own and with others. There will be opportunities to learn a musical instrument. Musical concepts such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo and appropriate musical notation will be explored. Children will also have opportunities to look at the history of music. By having the opportunity to be creative and to express themselves through music, regardless of ability, the children will be upholding our Christian vision to ‘shine as a light in the world’ (Philippians 2: 14-15). 

For our Music curriculum, we use the Charanga scheme of work.

In addition to this, our KS2 pupils all learn a musical instrument (ukelele) with lessons from a peripatetic music teacher each week. These lessons are on a termly basis and our timetabled throughout the whole year so that every KS2 pupil learns a musical instrument.

In the Summer Term, EYFS and KS1 pupils also take part in the 'Little Fingers' programme with Durham Music Service, where they start to explore and play different instruments.

We also offer the opportunity for our pupils to learn violin, with additional lessons with a peripatetic violin teacher.

Please see below the image for important documents linked to our Music curriculum.

Music vision

Music Overview 2023-24

Music Progression Map

Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building (fourth floor), Coble Dene, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6DE.