Subject Vision for Music (Intent, Implementation, Impact):

Ferndale Music Curriculum Vision

Music is a powerful language and as such is used as a form of communication across the globe, in a vast expanse of cultures- it evokes emotion, creates memories and ignites passion. At Ferndale, we believe that all children have the right to learn and through an adapted approach we make all of our music lessons inclusive to all learners. Our intent is that children can appreciate the language of music by learning about and appraising a variety of pieces of culturally diverse music from great composers which include festive pieces with words that inspire, communicate and educate. Through the ‘Charanga’ model music curriculum, children will experience learning to play instruments including percussion and glockenspiels as well as Djembe drums for KS1, recorders LKS2 and guitars UKS2. Children make progress by having the opportunity to play solo and as part of an assemble. In addition, they learn a subject specific vocabulary that enriches their knowledge of terminology which re-visits and builds on prior learning. Through cross-curricular links that are purposeful, children create and evaluate compositions and enjoy singing as a collective group. Through our creative curriculum, the impact is that children gain an extensive array of skills and knowledge which in turn encourages a life-long love of music.

Here is a link to find out more about the scheme: 

Rocksteady Music School – Fun and inclusive in-school rock and pop band  lessons for primary school children | Rocksteady Music School

Rocksteady Music School – Fun and inclusive in-school rock and pop band  lessons for primary school children | Rocksteady Music School

New for Year 23/24! Rocksteady lessons here at Ferndale!


After a thrilling assembly back in October launching ‘Rocksteady’ at Ferndale, we are now able to offer your child to become part of their own band, learning new instruments through having qualified provision each week with one of the Rocksteady teachers. Band members will have the option of playing the drums, guitar, keyboard or  adding vocals.

If you think your child would be interested and would like more details, then please contact the school office and we can get your child up and running! 



Rocksteady is the UK’s leading provider of rock and pop lessons for primary school children and we’re proud that their fun, inclusive band lessons take place at our school. As well as teaching new musical skills through contemporary rock and pop songs, Rocksteady has a proven significant, positive impact on wellbeing, confidence and life skills. Recently they were awarded ‘Schools Wellbeing Resource of the Year’ at the Education Today awards, for their work inspiring children through music.

Lessons are open for children from year 1 to 6 and they can choose to play either vocals, electric guitar, drums, bass, or keyboards in their very own band. All instruments are provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

Children progress through a 300-skill curriculum learning band, performance and instrument skills and work towards the official Rocksteady Ofqual-regulated, exam-free music qualification, accredited by Trinity College London.

You can follow your child’s progress through your own online via the Rocksteady Parent Timeline as well as seeing how far your child has come when they perform in their termly concert.

You can sign your child up for lessons online at

If you have any questions about Rocksteady band lessons, you can call 0330 113 0330 (local rate, office hours are Mon – Thurs 8am – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 6pm).

Swindon music service provision at Ferndale


Here at Ferndale, we provide all the children with the opportunity to further their musical talents with lessons in guitars, djembe drums and recorders. Every year group gets the chance to experience these throughout their time at Ferndale, with music specialist teachers from Swindon Music Service.  The children learn about the musical notation and have lots of opportunities to practise their skills. Make sure you ask your child/children about these amazing lessons!


Purpose of Study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Attainment Targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study

Subject Content

Key Stage 1

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music