Bournehall Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning


Bournehall Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3AX

020 8950 4438




At Bournehall Primary School we value music because:

  • musical training helps develop language, reasoning and pattern recognition
  • music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity
  • music encourages teamwork, creative thinking and a sense of achievement



  • experiences a wide range of music which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work
  • has a high level of aural perception, internalisation and rapidly developing levels of technical expertise
  • has a very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • understands how the historical, social and cultural origins of music contributes to the diversity of musical styles
  • gives written and verbal explanations using accurate and appropriate musical terminology
  • has a passion for a diverse range of musical activities

Chris Quigley- Essentials Curriculum



Children tell us that they enjoy music and learn best when:

  • they sing
  • they play instruments
  • they write music in different ways
  • they use technology to record what they have created
  • they can move to music
  • the listen to music from around the world and from the past and present
  • they use musical vocabulary to describe what we listen to and play
  • their music connects them to learning across the curriculum



  • takes into account pupils' prior knowledge and understanding
  • encourages and develops the skills needed for children to perform for themselves and audiences
  • encourages creative thinking
  • has a context that connects with children's own lives and experiences
  • includes listening, singing, composing, performing and evaluating
  • makes good use of resources that are exciting, high quality and in a quantity that allows full participation
  • supports children's application and development of basic skills through communicating their understanding in different ways


We use the Get Set 4 Music scheme of work. This was chosen as it meets National Curriculum aims for Music and the Essentials Curriculum Thresholds Concepts of:

  • Perform
  • Compose
  • Transcribe
  • Describe music



  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.


Key Stages 1 and 2


  • 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.


In addition to curriculum lessons, our weekly Singing Assemblies incorporate appreciation of world music (past and present), voice warm up techniques and the teaching and performance of assembly songs, including those sung in parts or rounds. 

We have a peripatetic music teacher who delivers piano and flute lessons to children from Year 3 onwards. If you are interested in going on the waiting list, please contact Mrs Biggs.