Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Northfield Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 2HL


01709 543704

Music at Wickersley Northfield

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children.  It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people.  Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world around them. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music.

Musical Activities at Wickersley Northfield

At Wickersley Northfield we are lucky to have lots of instruments to use in our lessons. We have a class set of boomwhackers and ukuleles as well as lots of percussion instruments! We have recently invested in class sets of recorders and glockenspiels and we are very much enjoyable learning more about how to play these.

We also offer extra-curricular opportunities to develop musical skills. Our school choir perform in a number of events each year. You can also learn an instrument through Rotherham Music Hub.

Threshold Concepts

Music can be divided into four concepts:


This concept involves understanding that music is created to be


This concept involves appreciating that music is created through a
process which has a number of techniques.


This concept involves understanding that compositions need to be
understood by others and that there are techniques and a language
for communicating them.

Describe music

This concept involves appreciating the features and effectiveness of
musical elements.

Essential Characteristics of Music


  • A rapidly widening repertoire used to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
  • A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly
    developing levels of technical expertise.
  • Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of
    musical styles.
  • The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
  • A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

Breadth of Study


  • Aspects of musical learning in EYFS are split into the following aspects: hearing and listening, vocalising and singing, moving and dancing, exploring and playing.
  • Share their ideas and opinions about music.
  • Be able to sing entire songs.
  • Be able to sing a melodic shape and internalise music.
  • Move in time to a piece of music.
  • Create rhythms using instruments and body percussion.


Key Stage 1

  • Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-
    quality live and recorded music.
  • Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of

Key Stage 2

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and
    playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of
    music separately and in combination.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing
    aural memory.
  • Use and understand the basics of the stave and other music
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and
    recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians
    and composers.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.