The subject lead for Music at Darwen St James is Miss Lawson

Music Curriculum

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Music is a highly valued aspect of the curriculum at Darwen St James. Our music curriculum engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and showcase their talents as musicians.

Our music curriculum is divided into six main steps throughout the year and children focus on a specific genre each half term. The activities and games cover the music dimensions through singing and playing instruments, and listening and creating music which is based around a specific song. Children have the opportunity to play tuned and untuned instruments and develop an understanding of musical composition.

We follow the Charanga Musical School programme. Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
        a. Warm-up Games
        b. Optional Flexible Games
        c. Singing
        d. Playing instruments
        e. Improvisation
        f. Composition
  3. Performing

As an Academy, we equip pupils with the necessary skills to apply their learning within the curriculum and beyond through enrichment opportunities that naturally shapes their character muscles and prepares our pupils to play active roles as citizens now and in the future. In particular, there are a number of opportunities for children to perform as part of  our Academy choir.



Choir at Darwen St James is run by Miss Lawson and Mrs Thompson


St James' have all been to Church for the very first time in what seems a long time. We all celebrated Harvest, looking at different Harvest festivals from around the world. Choir performed their first song together. It was beautiful.

Year 3 really enjoyed doing the warm ups during their Music lessons. 

Year 5 have been looking at Music theory within their lessons. They then applied this theory when using a keyboard. they thoroughly enjoyed every lesson!


Year 3 have been enjoying learning the song We Will Rock You and playing air guitars. 

At the start of Autumn 2 we decided to use a fantastic company called Junior Jam to cover Music in Reception, Year 1, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Nursery continue to explore Music through expressive arts and design.  Year 2 were very excited to start drumming through the Wider Opportunities Program. The children are thoroughly enjoying their new experiences. 

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates. 

Reception Class are new to Charanga and they have enjoyed exploring the different songs, including Pharrel Williams, Happy.

The children have been trying really hard to find the pulse to the music using different body parts.

They have been learning a song called It’s My Name.

Year 1

Year 1 have been learning to keep the pulse in their music lessons. They have been clapping their hands, tapping their feet as well moving their bodies in various ways  to the beat of the music.

Year 3

Year 2 has been looking at R&B music and developing their skills in rhythm and pulse. They have been learning a song called Let Your Spirit Fly and accompanying the song on their glockenspiels using the notes C,D and E.

Year 4

Mamma Mia! Year 4 have been learning all about Abba! We love these songs and have had fun finding the pulse and talking about the instruments used and the lyrics. We learnt that Abba have been around for over 40 years and are about to make a comeback. They are a pop group from Sweden. We have learnt the songs Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes it all and Waterloo but our favorite Abba song is Mamma Mia!


As well as our music lessons, we are so pleased to have South East Asian drumming lessons every week with Mr Navecar! In these lessons we really need to know about pitch, pulse and rhythm. We are preparing for a school performance in a few weeks.

Year 5

Year 5 have been looking at rock music, such as Bon Jovi and Deep Purple, developing their skills further in rhythm and pulse. They have been learning a song called Living On A Prayer and accompanying the song on their glockenspiels using the notes G, A + B or D, E, F# + G.