Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.

We aim to 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 will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.  

The teaching of Music at Thornbury follows the National Curriculum, delivered predominantly through the Sing Up! Scheme. Embedded in Thornbury’s Music progression document is a carefully designed and challenging progressive plan of the various musical skills and strands, to ensure that children are constantly developing and improving as musicians throughout their Thornbury journey.  

At Thornbury, children gain their love of music and skills from inclusive participation in fun, engaging and practical activities. They sing, play instruments, perform, improvise, compose, notate, listen and appraise, continuously increasing their musical vocabulary and enjoying music with a range of history, culture and style. They progressively learn about the inter-related strands of pulse, rhythm and duration, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation, linking and combining their learning in these strands when they compose. 

Children at Thornbury enjoy a well-resourced music room – they play a wide range of quality tuned and untuned percussion instruments. We are a ‘Singing School’ where everyone sings regularly, to further extend our musical skills and understanding, but also to have fun and bring our community together.  

The inspiration from quality music curriculum provision results in many children also choosing to learn an instrument in small peripatetic groups and every Year 3 and 4 class learns from a specialist music teacher. Large numbers of children also choose to commit to the extra-curricular choirs and chime bars club.  

At Thornbury, we are all musicians!