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We are in an exciting year of developing our curriculum provision at Frodsham Manor House. The curriculum webpages are being updated on a rolling program during the Autumn Term 2019.

This Music page  is from Summer 2019.

Intent for Music

We want our pupils to enjoy music, develop a love of music for the rest of their lives and we endeavour to develop their talents for music making. Through music we develop a sense of wonder, creativity and increase self confidence and it brings our school community together. Within our classes we may be nurturing the next conductor of the Halle Orchestra or Elphaba in Wicked. We really do want our pupils to Reach for the Stars!

Implementation for Music

Music is delivered to all classes by Mrs Anstice on a weekly basis. Skills are developed inline with the national curriculum for Music.

Our curriculum allows opportunity to;

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Opportunities to learn an instrument are throughout the school. We start with ocarinas in KS1, then add in recorders, a choice of wind instruments for Wider Opportunities as well as many opportunities to develop rhythm skills in Samba, with African Drumming and learn how chords develop on Boomwackers. Children are also learning notation as the progress through the school.

Our taught music curriculum is enriched by our whole school ethos towards singing. We are a Sing Up Platinum School and singing happens in all of our music lessons as well as weekly singing practices as one community. Our voices are then used to help create links with the wider community and beyond

Opportunities for live music in school is essential to raise aspirations and we have long term partnerships with a range of arts organisations. Children may be working alongside a professional musician, singer or songwriter as part of our provision.

We also firmly believe in the feeling of self achievement which comes from overcoming fears when taking part in performances. We have three main productions each year including a Nativity, Stars in their Eyes and a summer musical productions. Children also learn to be choreograhers, sound engineers, stage management, set designers as well as those singing and acting.

Additional opportunities also rise as after school clubs for children who opt to take part, these include KS1 Singing Games Club, KS2 Choir, Samba Gang and rehearsals to prepare for our productions.

We work closely with Music for Life who are our providers for individual and group tuition. (See below.)

Some of our music lessons have been based on the scheme Music Express and we also use Sing Up as a resource bank.

Impact for Music

We want our pupils to leave us with a love of music which they continue throughout their lives. Some may continue to learn an instrument and end up as professional musicians. All will have a sense of community, social development and achievement by working on projects together. Children should show greater control, an awareness of musical structure, appreciate music from a range of times, cultures and traditions.  Our children enjoy music making in whatever form this takes.

Music for Life

We also work in a close and long standing partnership with Music for Life. These are lessons which families pay for. We currently can offer guitar lessons with Stuart , piano and violin with Mrs Greenwood, Brass with Mr Price, Woodwind with Miss Burke and voice with Helen.  If you wish to find out more please have a chat with Mrs Anstice and check our

Year 1 (Potter Class) 

How do different percussion instruments make different sounds?  How can I recognise long and short sounds then sequence them together?

What is the difference between the pulse and the rhythm? What is a high note and a low note?

How can I follow a graphic score? Can I create my own weather music?

Year 2 (Carroll Class) 

How can I identify the beat and changes of tempo?  How can I recognise different instruments in The Nutcracker?

How do you recognise  the different character themes in Peter and the Wolf? How do you create melodies and change the pitch on an ocarina?

How do you know when to play a long and a short note? How do you create expressive sounds and combine them into a piece of music?

Year 3 (Dahl Class)

How can we create music showing different elements based on the Carnival of the Animals?  What are rhythmic patterns?

How can you play a simple three note piece on the recorder? Can I use a pentatonic scale to create an accompaniment?

How do you relate sounds and visual images?  KS2 Production

Year 4 (Lewis Class)

How do you create rhythmic patterns and use notation as a support? How do you create, combine and perform rhythmic patterns?

How do you recognise and use scales to create a melody or accompaniment?  How do you select an instrument to express a visual image?

How do you identify musical signals?  KS2 Production


 Year 5 (Shakespeare Class)

Which instrument would we like to play and which families do they belong to? Can I play a simple three note melody before Christmas?

Why is it important to follow a conductor? Can I read notation for a five note piece?

Why do I also need to listen to others when playing as a band? What is jazz improvisation? KS2 Production

Music in Year 5 is a steady progression throughout the year following a Wider Opportunities Wind Band scheme led by Mr Price, Miss Burke and Mrs Anstice. All children have free instrumental tuition during this time.

Year 6 (Tolkien Class)

How does African drumming develop cyclic rhythm techniques?

How do you follow codes from a leader when Samba Drumming?

How can I listen closer for more quality part and solo singing? KS2 Production


There are many additional opportunities for music throughout the year including theatre visits, participating in musical theatre opportunities with Theatre in The Quarter and Broadway Bound, Music for Life Days, Jazz Workshop, Key Strings, drumming workshops, choir, Samba Gang, Singing Leaders, Nativity Production, Summer Production,  Summer Concert, Young Voices, Amasing,  Panto, Stars in their Eyes and Singing Playgrounds.