"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything" - Plato


At Ladbrooke JMI School we believe that children should leave with a passion and enthusiasm for music. We want children to have an appreciation for different genres, to gain knowledge of a range of composers and compose their own music with a variety of instruments. We intend through good quality teaching, children will have a good knowledge of important musical terminology and will have a curiosity to explore and create music using these skills. 



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.

Music at Ladbrooke

Music at Ladbrooke is taught in three ways:

1. Discrete music lessons

Children from Reception to Year 6 learn to play, sing, compose, improvise and perform with a specialist music teacher. Through a mix of bespoke lessons and the award-winning Charanga scheme, music lessons are delivered in hour-long sessions.

Additionally, Year 5 are learning to play the djembe taught by an expert instrumental teacher working alongside school staff. The video below shows their progress so far this year.

2. Singing assemblies

Years 1-6 enjoy fortnightly singing assemblies, held in year groups 1-3 and 4-6 to allow for COVID measures. Besides providing vocal opportunities and singing instruction for children, our singing assemblies are a key way to provide our children with cultural capital and expose them to a range of music genres.

3. Cross curricular topics

Key skills for each year group are identified and matched to the most relevant topic to ensure breadth of coverage and progression.

Please click on the link below to see what skills are taught and through which topic.

 Music-Notes  Key skills in Music

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Musical Opportunities at Ladbrooke

If you love music, why not come along to the school choir, orchestra or recorder groups?  We hold an annual celebration of music each year in March and this gives the children who are learning to play muscial instruments an opportunity to perform and celebrate their skills.  A Ladbrooke's Got Talent event at the end of the year is also an opportunity for children with musical talent to perform.

Please click on the play buttons to hear some of the songs we have composed in school.

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Y3 Breakfast Song Y4 Ladbrooke Round Y5 Instrumental  Y6 Chocolate Song