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Saltergate Infant and Junior Schools Nursery and Gateways

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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should 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 should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. At Saltergate we aim to provide this through fun, relevant, stimulating lessons which allow all pupils to engage in different ways. 

Pupils are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.


We teach music for one hour each week through a scheme called Charanga. This runs throughout Juniors and allows pupils and teachers to tap in to a range of music, genres, instruments and learning in a fun and engaging way. Click here to find out more.


Wider Curriculum

Music also forms a large part of our special performances at Christmas, Easter, the end of the year leavers' celebration and one-off shows. Singing and playing instruments combine with dancing and acting to make learning relevant and build confidence and creativity. 



Peripatetic Teaching

We are very lucky to have a wide range of teachers who visit to deliver specialist teaching for a range of instruments in school, from Year 3 to Year 6. This includes drums, acoustic and electric guitar and singing. 

Each session can be delivered 1:1 or in groups in our music room. 

Junior School Choir

Our wonderful school choir meet every Friday after school and sing with Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Rudge. They attend several events in the year and we're very proud of them!
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