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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. Children participate in a wide range of activities to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, rhythm work, instrumental skills, singing and appreciation.


Music is a unique way of communication that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important role in the personal development of people. We believe in providing our children with the opportunity to play and perform in small groups and ensembles to help to foster essential life skills such as co-operation, mutual support, self-discipline and commitment. Music plays an important role in helping children feel like part of a community. We provide, organise and collaborate in projects to enable all children to create, play, perform and share their musical skills at different events both inside and outside of school.


Our school has a phenomenal school choir with a professional choir master who coaches and teaches children the importance of singing, expression and appreciation of music. Throughout the year, the choir sing for the wider community at local care homes, hospitals and community centres allowing them to express themselves and share their passion for singing with others.


Year 4 learn to play an instrument with Music Partnerships and take part in the Midlands Halle Concert in the Summer Term.


We offer private drumming lessons with our talented drum teacher Steve Farmer and private singing lessons with our professional choir master Ian Watts.


Each half term our children are exposed to different music genres, periods and composers. The Composer of the Half Term allows children to understand the development of music through time as well as being able to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms from the 16th century to today.

Click below to view our yearly music topics across the school...
Click below to see how our music skills progress across Key Stage 2.
In every subject, in every lesson, vocabulary is prioritised and explicitly taught. Click below to see our music vocabulary across Key Stage 2.