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Welcome to the Music page of our website.

Music is an exciting and universal language that allows children to use one of the highest forms of creativity. Music should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talents as a musician. With the music teaching at Parkdale Primary School we aim to increase the children's self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


We are very fortunate at Parkdale to have two fantastic Music specialists, who teach the majority of our music lessons across the school.  Mrs Keighery teaches Music to Years 1 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 learn to play the ukulele with Mr Hatherley.  

Every Thursday we have a singing assembly with Mr Hatherley. We enjoy our singing assembly and often learn some popular songs which link to our school learning values and the British values.


We have lots happening at Parkdale to raise the profile of music and to importantly, provide opportunities for the children to flourish in music!

Here are just a few to list:

  • On Mondays after school, we have 'Parkdale's Rock Band' which is led by a member of the Inspire music team and allows the children to explore different instruments and composing tracks as a team.
  • On Wednesdays after school, we have a large group guitar lesson. The children have started to learn to play popular tracks using their skills developed so far. 
  • On Thursdays we have Parkdale's choir led by Mr Hatherley.

We are continuously looking to provide lots of opportunities for the children to explore their musical creativity, showcase their skills and develop a love for music. Some of the regular events include: school concerts, the choir sing in the local community and regularly perform at our school fayres. More recently, we have planned for the choir to take part in a big singing event called 'Young Voices'. This event provides a real purpose for the choir to learn songs to perform them with many other schools across the country! We are very excited for this event!



What is covered in each Key Stage?

  Key Stage 1

-Pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

-Pupils play tuned and untuned instruments musically.

-Pupils listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

-Pupils experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Key stage 2

-Pupils play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.

-Pupils improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.

-Pupils listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

-Pupils use and understand staff and other musical notations.

-Pupils appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

-Pupils develop an understanding of the history of music.


Welcome to Parkdale Primary School, Autumn 2017-18... .


This week:

  • KS1 Lottery Winner - none as we were on holiday the week before! -
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  • KS2 Lottery Winner - none as we were on holiday the week before! -

Previous week:

  • Key Stage One - 96.1% Year to Date (+0.2%)
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  • Key Stage Two - 97.6% Year to date (+0.6%)

Overall: 97.1% Year To Date (+0.1%)

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