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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Primary School

Living, Loving, Learning - Christ at the Centre




At OLQM we teach music in a way that inspires our children to have a love of music. Our music curriculum intends to engage and inspire all of our children in order to increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


At OLQM, music is primarily delivered through our Quest curriculum. Quest is based on four principles: QUestions, Experiences, Skills and Total (holistic). You can find out more about it here.


Across school, we use Charanga which is a high quality, structured music program. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, this program provides our children with the opportunity to listen and respond to different styles of music; learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs; understand the basics of pulse, rhythm and pitch; improvise and play classroom percussion instruments; share and perform music.


The program for Key Stage 2, enables our children to listen to and appraise well known songs; play musical games to develop a deeper understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch; explore duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and musical notations; sing songs and melodies with greater musical understanding; learn to play classroom tuned instruments; improvise and make up own rhythmic patterns that lead to melodies; compose own tunes and melodies; record own compositions; practise, rehearse and perform in front of an audience.


We value the subject-specific skills, knowledge and vocabulary of Music. Therefore, we have also created a progressive set of skills that children will develop while at OLQM. These fall under six different strands and are listed below:

  • Singing songs with control and using the voice expressively
  • Controlling pulse and rhythm
  • Listening, memory and movement
  • Control of instruments
  • Composition and Performance
  • Exploring sounds, melody and accompaniment