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"In faith and love, we learn and grow." 


At St Hugh of Lincoln Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.

Our Charanga based music curriculum covers National Curriculum purposes and aims. It ensures that children:

  • 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Year 1 - Performing the song Hey You! by Joanna Mangona


The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, performances and the learning of instruments.

Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.

The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn how to play the recorder and a variety of percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

Year 5 Clarinet Lessons


Children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having the opportunity for private music lessons singing assemblies and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

Children at St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School will:

  • be able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer
  • develop an understanding of musical  culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.
  • discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary
  • dissect music and comprehend its parts
  • sing and be able to understand the inter-related dimensions of music
Singing at St Hugh of Lincoln

We love to sing at our school! Our school choir participates each year in the Woking Primary Music Festival which is held at Dorking Halls. We have also joined the national schools singing programme so that all our year 3 and Year 4 children can receive choral singing instruction form a talented Choral Director. we are very grateful to our governing body for supporting us with this.

Two new Choral Directors will bring the gift of song to diocesan schools. | News

Two new Choral Directors will bring the gift of song to diocesan schools.

Music lessons with Surrey Arts

If your child is interested in learning to play an instrument (that we don't currently offer) or would like to continue with one they have been learning, Surrey Arts have a number of options available.