Music at Newman School

At Newman we aim to provide a high-quality music education that provides all pupils with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of musical opportunities. Pupils will leave school with an appreciation of how music is composed and performed.


At Newman the National Curriculum for music is suitably adapted and differentiated to meet the wide range of needs of our pupils and aims to allow pupils to have opportunities to :

perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great musicians and composers

to compose and make music with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

understand musical notations and how music is constructed, produced and communicated through its inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.

EYFS, and Key Stage 1

In Primary 1 music is used to enhance and support the teaching and learning in all curriculum areas : songs, rhymes and auditory discrimination games in Literacy/ Phase 1 Phonics; songs and use of percussion instruments in Numeracy; listening to music styles and genres from around the world in History and Geography etc Music is not taught in discrete lessons but enhances the entire curriculum as part of a topic based sensory curriculum, allowing music and sound to be utilised in creative and innovative ways to engage pupils in all aspects of learning.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 music is taught to whole class groups using the Music Express Scheme of work which follows the new NC 2014.

It is topic based and cross curricular. In P3 Music Express is also delivered but is supplemented with Kodaly singing.

The Kodaly Method is a way of developing musical skills and teaching musical concepts beginning in very young children. This method uses folk songs and hand signals, pictures, movable-do, rhythm symbols and syllables. It was first introduced in Hungary but is now used in many countries.

Key Stage 3

Music is taught to whole class groups for one period a week.  Music is delivered using a thematic approach to facilitate a breadth of  traditional and contemporary musical teaching and learning opportunities. Students are all set individual targets at the beginning of the each term and are encouraged to review their progress with staff and peers.

lee and decAt Newman we have a history of excellent musical achievement and of providing a wealth of opportunities where students can learn how to express their creativity as well as working on key life skills. We also make an increasing use of ICT, allowing students the chance to use a selection of composition software.

Students have the chance to experiment on a variety of instruments and to gain experience of a variety of musical styles, as well as make their own compositions.

We are also fortunate to have a talented Music therapy teacher who offers weekly sessions to individual pupils form EYFS – KS5 on a rota basis.

concertWe also give students from Key Stage 3 onwards, the chance to take part in various extra-curricular activities : a weekly guitar group, choir, percussion group.

We access the Rotherham Youth MISE project ( Music in Special Education ) project where KS4 -5 students weekly have the chance to perform and record their own music with accomplished musicians in school.The MISE project also offers students opportunities to engage in musical technology activities off site on a 1:1 basis as requested.

choirStudents are also invited to join a variety of music groups which are hosted and run externally by the Rotherham Music Hub.

The Newman Choir performs within the community at various events and enjoys participating in the Big Sing as part of Rotherham Children's Festival.

Newman also hosts a selection of musical concerts by professional musicians to which all pupils and staff are invited. Concerts are always thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Music – Long term plan

Commencing September 2016



Term 1

( first half )

Term 1

( second half )

Term 2

( first half )

Term 2

( second half )

Term 3

( first half )

Term 3

( second half )



Year 2



( Chinese )

Blues Orchestra Sound scapes

World music

( Middle East )

KS3 - 5

Year1 Reggae


( Indian )

Jazz Rap Graphic Scores

World music

( African drumming )



( Song writing )


( South America )

Musical Theatre Dance music Film music

World music

( Gamalan )

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