Our music curriculum intent

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • are taught to sing, create and compose music
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated

At Gisburn Road, we recognise music as a highly valued form of creativity and an exciting part of the curriculum. By providing a range of opportunities throughout school, we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians; thus increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, listen and evaluate across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

Examples of creative cross curricular music opportunities

‘The School Song’ written by Gisburn Road Primary School 2018 Leavers. The children worked Mr Gilmour (local teacher and musician) to write this song.

Music in History: For remembrance week, Year 4 used one of our assembly songs to write a song about the war.

Golden time opportunities (frequently changed), including sing around the piano with Mr Browne or drumming and African songs with Mrs Baptie.


Singing with Mathematics with David Godfrey as part of ‘Number Fun’.


Outreach workshops from Blackburn Cathedral, as part of our commitment to the Sing Together project (KS2).


Singing assembly

Mr Gilmore (local teacher and musician) leads an innovative and exciting singing assembly each week; providing the children with musical history, background and an opportunity to join in with singing as a whole school experience. This weekly session is greatly looked forward to by children in all year groups.

Instrument lessons and Choir

Once children reach KS2, they are given opportunities to learn a musical instrument. We currently offer a range of woodwind instruments (Miss Pecker) and guitar (Mr Gilmour). We also offer KS2 children the opportunity to join our school choir, led by Mrs Fullalove and Mrs Baptie. This provides children the opportunity to take part in a range of singing events which vary each year. These provide fantastic opportunities for children to sing with other schools, develop confidence and create memories which they will never forget.