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At Harwood Meadows, all children have the opportunity to sing, to listen to music, to experience different musical instruments, to perform and to enjoy music. We recognise that music and learning an instrument is a gift that can enrich lives and can stay with a person throughout adulthood; therefore at Harwood Meadows, we encourage all children learn an instrument. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and appreciate a wide range of music from their own cultural heritage and from other cultures.  Experiencing a range of music develops children’s wellbeing and cultural capital and we therefore strive for all children to have access to a range of musical opportunities.



  • The music coordinator is responsible for leading the music provision at Harwood Meadows
  • Lessons are taught by specialist music teachers from Bolton Music Service (KS2) and by class teachers in Early Years and KS1.  All children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument by the time they leave Harwood Meadows
  • Music is timetabled weekly throughout school
  • We follow the musical progression of skills as developed by specialists at Bolton Music Service  
  • All children learn to sing during singing assemblies.  Children also have access to a school choir as well as singing lessons. 
  • Instrumental lessons / extra-curricular learning is available for all children; Peripatetic music teachers deliver individual / small group lessons weekly.
  • We regularly work with specialist music organisations / hubs (e.g. Bolton Music Service, The Halle, Bolton Symphony Orchestra) in order to enrich the music curriculum.
  • Children have opportunities to perform music in concerts at school as well as taking part in performances in community e.g. Victoria Hall, Bridgewater Hall
  • We ensure that our music provision is accessible for all children and that disadvantaged children and those with special needs have opportunities to have enriched opportunities in music.



  • Pupils learn how to play tuned and untuned instruments musically, play and perform and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Pupils experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. They improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Children learn how to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Pupils learn how to pay attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • When appropriate they will use and understand staff and other musical notations

They will be helped to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians as they develop an understanding of the history of music.