Musical opportunities for children
and young people in Blackburn with Darwen

Primary School Curriculum Music

Primary Curriculum Music

Primary School Curriculum Music

All primary, infant and junior schools have access to instrument and vocal tuition, curriculum support from EYFS - KS2, training and specialist projects and workshops.


In addition to our team of music curriculum teachers who are available to deliver music curriculum to classes at FS, KS1 and KS2 we are able to provide a flexible package of training and support opportunities for curriculum delivery and to support the development and progression of pupils' musical learning. We are also able to provide teachers to lead after school music clubs.


The Ofsted Report, 'Music in Schools: what hubs must do' outlines the impact that Music Education Hubs are required have on leading improvements on the delivery of music curriculum in schools from 2014 onwards.

In response to this report, Blackburn with Darwen Music Service is in the process of meeting with each school to have a conversation about current provision and to identify ways in which we support the school to develop its music education offer, to understand more about musical learning and how to identify and support children's musical progress.

In addition to one to one meeting, the Music Service made available a useful toolkit to enable schools to assess the quality music within their individual setting. To request a copy of the ‘MIDAS’ toolkit and introductory meeting please contact


Ofsted Report: Music in Schools: what hubs must do (Nov. 2013).

Headteacher guidance: Ofsted Report: Music in Schools: promoting good practice (Sept. 2012).

SMEP guidance document: School Music Education Plan Guidance (109KB).


  • We run a regular termly music coordinators network meeting at Witton CLC which is a forum for discussion, sharing experience across schools, developing specific areas of the music curriculum. These might include developing the whole school curriculum offer, looking at new resources, sharing ideas for developing progression in instrumental learning from WCET through to small group lessons, how to signpost pupils to music opportunities outside the formal school day.
  • Training events take place during the year for teachers which are focussed on developing their musical understanding and develop their skills
  • We are also able to deliver:
    • CPD for the entire staff in a school
    • Training focussed on music curriculum activities for specific age ranges
    • 1:1 meetings with Music Coordinators for support planning
    • Bespoke training and support for local school clusters
    • Training on working with a specific musical area: drumming; technology;


Active Music Digital is an online resource that we have licensed for schools to support FS, KS1 and KS2 music curriculum delivery.

There is no charge to schools to access this material through us up to December 2016. The resource includes lessons plans and video clips for teachers to support delivery and focuses on progressive music skills in key areas.

The lesson plans are written in an easy to follow, step-by-step style, in half-termly blocks, providing clear direction and progressively building on the children's musical experience and understanding from one lesson to the next. The ideal order for teaching these half-termly blocks of plans is:

  1. Rhythm and pulse
  2. Pitch songs, games and musical activities
  3. Singing games
  4. Instrumental activities

Offered through Bolton Music Service:

Music Curriculum Support – teaching and CPD Music Flagship Programme

Primary schools buying into the Curriculum Support package will receive a half-day session per week in which the specialist teacher will work with all the classes and all the teachers in your school to raise the standards of the National Curriculum music delivery. Each class teacher will observe high quality lessons and will be given the chance to develop their own skills through observation and practice. You will be provided with schemes of work, weekly planning and up-to-date resources. The specific weekly timetable can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your school. Each programme will start with a full staff INSET session at the beginning of the year to engage staff with the CPD element of the programme. Curriculum support programmes can also include whole key stage singing workshops and school choir sessions.

Curriculum Support sessions will run throughout the academic year.

World Music / Rock Band/ Musical Theatre Projects

The Music Service employs a wide range of specialist percussion, world music, rock band and musical theatre specialists who can offer you a range of ½ term projects for KS2 classes. These special projects run for 6 weekly Friday afternoon sessions, and culminate in a performance for parents, pupils, governors and other visitors. The projects on offer are: -

Fiesta de la Samba – for Years 5 and 6

Journey into Africa – for Year 3 and 4, or Years 5 and 6.

Rock Band Project – for Year 6

Caribbean (Jumbie Jams and Bamboo Tamboo)

Introduction to Musical Theatre

These sessions can be tailor made to meet the needs of your school. The projects will include a range of percussion / instrumental and vocal workshop activities, and will provide the school with a range of supporting resource materials, as well as the final concert in school.

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