At Perranporth School, we aim to give children a variety of musical experiences that create memorable moments where teachers and children of all abilities can participate. 

We work with our local music services to ensure every child has the opportunity of learning to play a ukulele and a recorder during their time at Perranporth.  There are further opportunities for children to learn how to play a musical instrument with a peripatetic teacher if they choose.  Currently these teachers offer guitar, keyboard and brass instruments. 

Through engagement in class lessons, live musical performances, singing assemblies, performances, recorder club, choir and ‘Songfest’, we want children at Perranporth School to experience joy because they feel included and musical. They sing a variety of songs from different genres and compose their own ideas with their own notation because all efforts are valued.

All of our children take part in musical performances.  They can sing or play solo if they would like to.  Children at Perranporth can describe the music they hear or play, using appropriate musical vocabulary.

Teaching World Music is very important to us, as living in Cornwall means our children are less exposed to different cultures.  In addition, we are very proud of our Cornish heritage and celebrate this enthusiastically on St Piran’s Day in March!   


Teachers use ‘Charanga’ (a scheme of work based on the Music Model Curriculum) as a starting point for their lessons.  They may deviate from the song choice in favour of choosing something topic related.  In addition they may use alternative instruments to compose with, rather than those suggested on Charanga, but they are still using a range of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. The structure of each lesson always includes the 4 parts outlined in the Music Model Curriculum – listening, singing, performance and composing

Foundation stage

In their Reception year, children learn songs and rhymes with actions to develop rhythmic skills.  They perform songs in the local church at Harvest time and for their class nativity at Christmas.  They perform with the whole school on St Piran’s Day in March.  In addition, children listen to world music from India, as part of their Divali celebrations and African drumming as part of their learning about Handa’s surprise.  They use words like long, short, fast and slow to describe Jack climbing up and down the beanstalk and choose instruments to compose sounds as part of their ‘Starry night’ project.  Sometimes they make marks or pictures to show them when to perform a sound.  

Key stages 1 and 2


Children listen to music from a variety of genres in their class lessons.  These are guided by the Charanga scheme and include music from 1750 to the present day.

Across the school, children identify key features of music they hear using musical vocabulary from our school glossary. 

As children enter the hall for assembly, they listen to music.  They are signposted towards a poster showing the image and era of the composer as well as the genre of music.

Children hear live music during their time at our school:  Samba in Year 1, sea shanties in Year 2 and brass, string, keyboard and woodwind ensembles during keystage 2 are examples. 


Children sing regularly at our school.  We have a school song that is familiar to all of us.  At our weekly singing practice, we learn new songs for pleasure or for whole school performances.  As well as this, children learn songs related to their class topic, for example, in Year 1 the children will learn to sing London’s burning as part of their London theme and Year 5 will learn ‘The Lion sleeps tonight’ when their topic is ‘Safari’.  When children sing in unison they learn to start and finish together as well as following directions to change dynamics or tempo, for example.

Years 5 and 6 take part in SONGFEST, working in conjunction with our local Music Hub to perform songs with other schools across Cornwall.

More recently, our school has been invited to sing with other schools in our Truro and Penwith academy.  This includes singing carols at a Christmas event in the local town of Truro and singing sea shanties near our beach here in Perranporth during the Spring term.


At the end of the Autumn Term, every child in the school will take part in a singing performance with their class or key stage as part of our Christmas celebrations.  Prior to this, Reception and Year 1 classes will have performed at the church for the Harvest.

In addition, our school choir will perform to various audiences in our local community, for example, the Perran Bay Old Peoples Home.

In the second half of the Spring Term, the whole school leads a public performance on the village green to celebrate St Piran’s Day.  At this event, they will perform three traditional pieces including the Cornish Hakka.

As well as these, children perform to other classes or parents when deemed appropriate to their learning.


There are opportunities each term for children to compose their own music using their voices, things around them or real instruments (percussion and non-percussion.)  Children use simple notation consisting of marks, pictures or traditional notes and symbols to record their compositions. 


2 Simple (Purple Mash)

Garageband (iPad)

Audacity (Windows)


Our Music Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.By the time they leave Perranporth School, children will have had many musical experiences and opportunities to learn new instruments.  They will have gained key knowledge and skills in all areas of the Music curriculum but most importantly they will feel musical.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection, during and after lessons, on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
  • Formative assessment at the end of each unit.
  • Photo evidence and images of the children’s practical learning.
  • Audio recordings of children’s performances at the beginning and end of a unit of work or production eg. Christmas show
  • Numbers of children (including SEN, PP, boys, girls) taking up instrumental tuition or joining the choir
  • Children’s discussions and interviewing the children about their learning (pupil voice).  Do they feel musical?, Do they feel included? Do they feel joy?
  • Lesson observations and reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).
  • Governor monitoring with our subject governor