Music at Harrow Gate Primary Academy

At Harrow Gate Primary Academy we believe music is an integral part of each child’s learning journey.

Music enables children to

  • Enhance their listening skills and appreciate different forms of music
  • Develop the ability to concentrate
  • Explore creativity
  • Increase self confidence in their own abilities
  • Create their own opinions and form beliefs
  • Work in a group as part of a performance
  • Express themselves by performing independently
  • Be sensitive towards the likes and dislikes of others
  • Aid memory
  • Increase coordination


Curriculum Intent

At Harrow Gate we promote high quality music sessions through the use of Charanga.   (click the image to visit their website)

This programme was developed by music specialists to ensure clear progression and consistency throughout the school. We ensure that all children in the school are given the opportunity to take part in these weekly lessons, develop their own abilities through exploration of rhythm, beat, pitch, tone, pulse and develop creativity through song and the use of musical instruments.

The National Curriculum for Music education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 musical notations


Music Progression Reception to Year 6

The Charanga Music School scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support from Reception to Year 6.

It incorporates the use of on screen resources where the children are encouraged to; listen and appraise, create and explore musical activities and singing and performing.

Teaching is focused on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. During the sessions he children listen and appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills when learning how music can represent different feelings and emotions.

The use technical vocabulary is imperative within each session and the children learn to use and understand language such as volume, pitch, beat, tone and rhythm.

Charanga Scheme

Harrow Gate Choir

At Harrow Gate we try to ensure that the children are exposed a range of musical experiences. As part of this we offer a Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 choir.

As part of the choir children are given the opportunity to:

  • Take part in a variety of school performances throughout the year
  • Participate within Christmas performances at churches
  • Perform for the community and in particular for the elderly within many care homes in the local area
  • Perform for the community at local supermarkets during the Christmas period
  • Raise money for the school by performing at Christmas and summer fayres at the local hospital
  • Join with other schools within the cluster to perform to an audience of their peers
  • Be welcomed by TVMS (Tees Valley Music Service) to perform with their peers at a Christmas, Spring and Summer show for their parents
  • Take part in a Mayors Christmas Carol Service with local schools at a local church


External music provision

At Harrow Gate we work closely with TVMS (Tees Valley Music Service) to offer specialist music provision to the children within school. These sessions are offered free to the parents of the participants and take place throughout the academic year.

The sessions on offer:

  • Key Stage 2 recorder taster sessions
  • Key Stage 1 Snappy classroom sessions where the children use a variety of instruments to accompany their singing
  • Reception Snappy classroom sessions where the children use a variety of instruments to accompany their singing


At Harrow Gate we offer the children guitar lessons that are tutored by a specialist from TVMS (Tees Valley Music Service). These lessons take part on a weekly basis and offered to the children for free. Each child that takes part is given the opportunity to use their own guitar, which they use in lessons, and they are able to take these instruments home to practise in their own time.

Pupil Premium funding is used in part to pay for these lessons so that teachers can target specific children and all children get access with no cost to parents.