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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.

National Curriculum 2014

The Wolverhampton Music Service provide instrumental teaching across the year for Year 4 children. Their experienced teachers deliver lessons on one of the following: woodwind (the fife) percussion (djembe drums) and string (ukulele) and, at the end of each unit of lessons, the children perform a concert showcasing their learning, to parents and pupils.


To teach the essential skills of music and develop this to a high standard for all pupils.
To promote a culture of enjoyment in the learning of music.
To provide a stimulating music curriculum that inspires life-long performers. Nurture
To facilitate independent learning, and progress across the curriculum.
To prepare pupils for the next stage in their education.



To teach the essential skills of English and develop this to a high standard for all pupils.


To promote a culture of enjoyment in the learning of the various aspects of English. 


To provide a stimulating English curriculum that inspires life-long learners. 


To facilitate independent learning, and progress across all aspects of the curriculum.


To prepare pupils for the next stage in their education.


Music Long Term Plan

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At Bantock we use English to communicate in both written and spoken form.  We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community.  We believe that developing a love of language in our children is vital in achieving success at school and later in life.  The exploration and enjoyment of the English language is our priority and we value all its aspects – speaking, listening, reading and writing.  English is taught daily across the whole school with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities. These sessions may include ‘Talk for Writing’ – where children use model texts in order to adapt and then create their own high quality outcomes. Also, skills based sessions are taught. These allow children to enhance their understanding of grammar and punctuation, to then use in sessions where they are taught to develop initial ideas, plan, draft and compose high – quality pieces, before finally, editing and refining their final attempts.

Speaking and Listening
Talking is fundamental to learning.  Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to state their ideas and opinions. Just as important is the need to listen carefully to others and respond in appropriate ways.  At Bantock, pupils are given opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, in paired, group or whole class situations. It may be debating whether it is right to destroy the rainforest, or debating the pros and cons of school uniform; from becoming the character of Willie Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate factory to contributing in assemblies. Here at Bantock, we aim to give your child a range of opportunities to develop their ability to speak in a wide range of situations.
Extra support is given to children with Speaking and Listening difficulties and children with English as an Additional Language are supported as required to enable them to succeed.

Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge, critical thinking skills and become independent learners. We believe that every child has the right to share our rich diversity of literature. Guided Reading is an important part of our curriculum. Children follow a biweekly cycle in reading sessions. This cycle is designed to enhance reading fluency, language meaning, retrieval and inference whilst deconstructing an age-related text. Additionally, children work in focused groups to develop their expression, intonation and oral comprehension of texts. We follow the Reciprocal Reading approach which enables children to become leaders of their learning. We provide children with rich reading experiences within lessons – across the whole curriculum and encourage them to appreciate the author’s use of language and writing techniques, in order to develop their own writing skills.  Our children take their reading books home daily to share with their families/carers and are encouraged to record their learning response in their Reading Log and complete home reading tasks.

The core reading scheme at Bantock is Bug Club. Children have access to physical copies of the books as well as e-books. This is supplemented by a selection of books from the Oxford Reading Tree and Project X series. Each class also has an individual library where children can choose books freely. This allows children to read a wide range of genres which are carefully matched to their age, ability and interest. Children also have timetabled sessions to explore and select books from our school library.

We place great value on the importance of accurate spelling.  A structured programme of spelling extends across the whole school. It begins with SALLEY in Nursery, follows with Letters and Sounds in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and then on to the natural transition of the Support for Spelling programme at the end of Key Stage 1 and beginning of Key Stage 2. This continues to be used through to the end of Year 6.  Spelling is further supported in focused phonics and spelling intervention sessions. Vocabulary is extended using word lists from the from the appendices of the National Curriculum 2014 and subject specific language is displayed on Learning Walls, using colourful semantics, in order to differentiate word classes.

Here are useful videos to show how phonics is taught in school and these can be used to support pupils at home.

At Bantock we aim for children to be independent writers.  We encourage them to write clearly and with confidence in any given genre. We aim to write with skill and stamina across a range of text types. To support this, we teach them to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and make amendments and improvements.   We give children a wide range of opportunities in which to develop their writing skills.  Our children are given the skills to be able to write a letter to their parents detailing their targets; write a story set in a faraway kingdom where pirates, wizards, buried treasure, castles and dark, gloomy woods exist or create a set of instructions create a set of instructions – detailing how to survive a day at Bantock Primary School. Whatever the written tasks, our pupils will aim to create something sensational and inspiring!
Through our English curriculum, we aim to instil within the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.
Our children are involved in the setting of their own targets for improvement from Key Stage 1 onwards, their progress is rigorously monitored through half termly target setting and Pupil Progress Meetings where required.