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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

‘A love for God, ourselves and others’



Our Music Lead is Miss Vedamuttu and Mrs Baker

Music is of very high importance to the St Peter's community.   We have invested in the Kent Interactive Music Scheme - Charanga - which is working to adapt its units of work to adhere to Government guidance. 



At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School our intent for music is for our children:-


  • to enjoy and appreciate music in its many forms
  • to know about some important composers, listening to and enjoying some of their music
  • to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in performing, composing, listening and appraising
  • to develop their understanding of how music can take a variety of forms and that music can reflect other times and places
  • to develop their independence, self-esteem, motivation and their ability to work with others
  • to have opportunities to take part in musical activities by playing and singing  in a group 




Music is taught by our class teachers.  Every term, each class receives the equivalent of 45 minutes of music a week, though this may be taught in blocks.




In Early Years there is an emphasis on "finding the singing voice".  The children learn a wide variety of songs and singing games which develop a sense of beat, aural memory, co-ordination and enjoyment.  They also explore simple percussion instruments and begin simple composition and graphic notation.


Key Stage 1


Pupils are taught to:


  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter related dimensions of music


Key Stage 2


Pupils are taught to:


  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music


Extra Curricular Music


All children take part in a weekly singing assembly, learning new songs and hymns and often singing in parts. 

We also offer a wide range of musical opportunities outside lessons.  We regularly take part in local music festivals, choir competitions and performances at school and in the wider community.  


Paid for lessons are available during the school day:


  • Make Time For Music - keyboard, cornet/trumpet, guitar
  • Music for Schools Foundation - brass and woodwind instruments
  • Miss Kate Coles - violin


Bursaries are available from Kent Music for eligible children.  


Music should be accessible to all pupils but we recognise that there may be times where we need to rethink our teaching methods.

Music lessons should be organised into short, interactive activities so that those children with ADHD or other attention disorders, can remain engaged in the lessons.

For children with a visual impairment, we would either use larger font sizes or use technology to support them in their learning.

Pupils with an auditory impairment can still participate in the lessons but would need to be supported to ‘feel’ the music using their hands or feet.




The impact of our music teaching and learning can be seen in the work below

St Peter's Rock Band! Rock Steady Music School lessons

Inspired by a TV programme the girls created their own music piece

Still image for this video

Young Voices Concert at the O2 Jan 2024

Highsted Jamboree