Our vision for music is that we provide every child with high quality music experiences which engage and inspire them.  We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music and to appreciate a variety of music styles.  We aim for every child to leave St. Mark’s CE Primary School with a range of musical skills, knowledge and an understanding and love of music which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.


At St. Mark’s CE Primary School we encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing is an integral part of our school life and our teaching focuses on developing the children's ability to sing in tune, developing their expression and ability to listen to others. Pupils’ understanding of music will be developed through activities which bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising.   Children are taught to make music together with tuned and un-tuned instruments and to compose pieces. They are also taught to sing and play in time controlling the sound and pace. They are taught different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically. We use Charanga to help us teach Music. 


Children will:

  • enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles;
  • explore how sounds are made, and how music is produced by a variety of instruments;
  • develop imagination and creativity;
  • build a sense of pulse and rhythm;
  • understand a range of musical vocabulary;
  • develop the interrelated skills of composition, improvisation, performance and appreciation;
  • enjoy a wide range of songs and sing in tune;
  • develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.


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At St. Mark’s CE Primary School we have adopted the Charanga scheme (from Brighton and Hove Music and Arts Service) as the basis for our curriculum planning. This scheme has an integrated, practical, exploratory and child led approach to musical learning.    The learning within this scheme is based on:

  • Listening and Appraising,
  • Musical Activities (including Creating and Exploring)
  • Singing and Performing

While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit, the progression planned into the scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. All musical learning in the scheme is based around the Interrelated Dimensions of Music; pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. 

Additional music teaching  

In Year 4 children take part in Soundmakers, a block of music lessons delivered by Brighton and Hove Music and Arts Team, where children learn to play the guitar. Children are able to borrow guitars during the term. They complete the lessons with a performance to families and the school.

Brighton and Hove Music and Arts Team provides peripatetic musical instrument tuition. Lessons are taught to small groups of children from Year 2 upwards who have chosen to learn one of a variety of string instruments, keyboard or piano. Parents are requested to pay the additional music lesson fees on a weekly or termly basis.  Bursaries are available via the Brighton and Hove Music and Arts Team.


We also have opportunities for other musical experiences such as:

  • Samba Drumming
  • Gamelan Orchestra
  • Choir with Roedean
  • The Big Sing
  • School productions and assemblies
  • Watching performances of concerts at various locations.