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At Rickleton Primary School Music is taught throughout the school from EYFS to KS2. We aim to give our pupils a high quality music education that engages and inspires them to develop a love of music, develop confidence and self-esteem.

Music is taught using a thematic approach using Charanga as the main scheme to ensure high quality teaching and learning for all our pupils. During their time at Rickleton Primary School all children will have the opportunity to:

  • Listen and appraise
  • Explore skills through fun and engaging games
  • Sing
  • Play a variety of tuned and percussion instruments
  • Improvise
  • Compose
  • Perform

 Pupils will also gain an understanding of music from a wide range of genres and styles, including classical music. They will also begin to know the names of influential composers and artists.  

Wherever possible we seek to make cross-curricular links for pupils with related topics in Science, Geography, English, Religious Education and History. Details of the music curriculum coverage can be found in each year group’s curriculum overview documents.

Extracurricular music tuition, delivered by music specialists, is also offered to the children in KS2. The instruments currently being taught in this way are violin, guitar, flute, clarinet, drums, piano and trumpet.


We are currently looking at adopting a second music pathway for those children who may be interested in taking up group music tuition. We are very excited and can’t wait to share this with everyone. We will give more details later in the term! Watch this space!


Music Mark Award

We are delighted that the high quality of musical education at our school has been recognised by the gaining of the school 'Music Mark. More information can be found at 

Music Bursary


We are extremely excited to be able to offer the Rickleton Primary School Rainbow Music Bursary. This new music bursary will pay full individual music tuition fees on one instrument for one successful pupil in Year 3 and will continue for the duration of their time a Rickleton Primary School. The bursary then follows the successful student for the remainder of their time in KS2 at Rickleton Primary School.


What is expected of pupils who wish to apply?

We are looking for a child who has expressed an interest in music. We don’t expect the bursary to only support a child who is already musically talented, so it does not matter if your child has never previously played an instrument. We want to support a pupil who is excited by music and has a passion for the subject, even if their skills are not yet of a high standard.


What will pupils be asked to do?

We will ask pupils to select their preferred instrument choice from the range currently on offer:

Guitar       trumpet         flute       clarinet         saxophone         violin          piano


We will be considering the follow when selecting who the bursary is awarded to:

Confidence - Passion for music - Discussion with staff - Dedication - Resilience - Attitude


What standards are expected to maintain the bursary?

We would expect to see a sustained interest in music and music tuition. Regular practice would also be expected; this would be showcased during performances throughout the academic year. We are looking a pupil who is excited by music, have a passion for the subject and can demonstrate the required level of dedication to improve their skills.

Leo was chosen to benefit from our bursary for 2020/21

Year 4 Using Garageband to compose a piece of music

Year 4 have been working hard to compose their own music to go along side a defeating the monster greek myth they also wrote themselves. Well done Beth and Dylan.

Well done Annabel for playing some festive flute music!

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We are delighted that our school has been awarded the Gold Award from Sunderland Music Hub for its contribution to music education. Also, we have been awarded Music Mark 2018-19. 

Leah has only been playing the violin for 8 weeks!

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Year 3 and 4 Learning the Ukulele