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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton St Catherine's Academy


At Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, we implement a spiral curriculum in our music lessons that teaches, embeds and challenges the musical knowledge that forms the interrelated dimensions of music. The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goal objectives, ensuring skill progression from one year to the next. Early Years starts our journey and we coordinate with secondary to promote a smooth transition from primary into KS3 and beyond. The curriculum is organised into topics for each half term, but each focus and skill interweaves with throughout the year. Finally, we end the year with a performance piece by each year group, having a different theme, showcasing the skills the children have developed as musicians and performers.


Our Music curriculum broadens children’s musical opportunities both within lessons and in extracurricular opportunities. We provide wider music opportunities through the Bolton Music Service, teaching trumpet playing skills to our Year 4 cohorts. We offer choir club and instrumental clubs, such as ukuleles and recorders, throughout the year for a variety of year groups to further enhance our music knowledge and skills taught. We have participated in the Bolton Music Festival at Victoria Hall and play in the music programmes with the Halle Orchestra. We listen to live music by attending Halle Orchestra performances and watching the pantomime at Christmas. Finally, we use our singing assembly to participate in worship and to bring us all together through song.

Curriculum Overview


Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Nursery Rhymes Nativity Chime Bars Chime Bars Sounds of Nature Assessed Performance
Year 2 Renaissance Nativity Chime Bars Chime Bars Ringtones and Alarms Assessed Performance
Year 3 Baroque Come Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Glockenspiel Glockenspiel - Composition Games / Storytelling Assessed Performance
Year 4 Brass (BMS - WOPS) Musicianship Brass (BMS - WOPS) Musicianship Brass (BMS - WOPS) Learning to Play Brass (BMS - WOPS) Learning to Play Brass (BMS - WOPS) School Band Brass (BMS - WOPS) School Band 
Year 5 Classical Silent Night (as a round) Glockenspiel Glockenspiel - Composition (Bandlab or Avid) TV Adverts and radio Assessed Performance
Year 6 Romantic / 20th Century O Come All Ye Faithful Glockenspiel Glockenspiel - Composition (Bandlab or Avid) Film Scores Assessed Performance