Tattershall Primary School

Tattershall Primary School
Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4QZ T: 01526 342045 E: enquiries@tattershallprimary.lincs.sch.uk



It is our intent that we make music an inspiring and enjoyable learning experience which develops the children’s musical skills and prepares them in readiness for secondary school. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat through performing on a range of musical instruments. By singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music across different time periods, cultures and traditions. This supports children to understand the cultural capital of being open minded in their listening as well as knowledgeable about a breadth of musical genres in the world today. The children learn to appreciate how music supports other areas of the curriculum such as dance and drama.

Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with confidence.


Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn 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.

The Charanga scheme of work is used from EYFS – Year 2 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. Our Year 3 and 4 children are taught a bespoke music curriculum incorporating whole class World music lessons in djembe, samba and taiko through a 2 yearly planned cycle of lessons working alongside Lincolnshire Music Service peripatetic staff.  Alongside these Mash up lessons the children also receive singing, composition, listening and musical appreciation lessons building on their knowledge and skills year on year. Our Year 5 and 6 children are taught brass instruments through a similarly planned 2 yearly cycle of lessons. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, composition, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. Termly Wow afternoons, when families are invited into school provide a performance opportunity for every KS2 child to perform to an audience and develop confidence.  

Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the Key Stage 1 choir and the Key Stage 2 choir which performs regularly in school and at events in the local community as well as the annual Music For Youth Festival. We also offer our brass players a continuation opportunity to rehearse weekly and perform in our band T-Jazz, to play at the MFY Festival and collaborate with other local musicians such as Boston Mash up Band. We adapt our curriculum at times when we are invited to participate in a collaborative event so that our children have the opportunity to learn and rehearse for performance opportunities such as the School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2022. We also aim to provide the children with live music opportunities to hear professionals perform a range of genres using a variety of instruments.

Year 1
How Can We Make Friends When We Sing Together?
Introducing beat
How does music tell stories about the past?
Adding rhythm and pitch


How does music make the world a better place?
Introducing tempo and dynamics
How does music help us understand our neighbours?
Combining pulse, rhythm and pitch

What songs can we sing to help us through the day?
Having fun with improvisation
How does music teach us about looking after our planet?
Exploring sound and creating a story



Year 2
How does music help us to make friends?
Exploring simple patterns
How does music teach us about the past?
Focus on dynamics and tempo

How does music make the world a better place?
Exploring feelings through music
How does music teach us about our neighbourhood?
Inventing a musical story

How does music make us happy?
Music that makes you dance
How does music teach us about looking after our planet?
Exploring improvisation

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Year 3 and 4
Mash up Djembe, Samba & Taiko
Stamp, clap, step, click
Sing a tune, play a tune
Whose turn is it now?
Perfect Patterns
Distant mountains
Sounds of the sea

Year 3 and 4
Mash up Djembe, Samba & Taiko
Magical Marches
Powerful Pentatonic
Up and down & back again
Songs and soundscapes
Recycling revolution
Sounds around the house


Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Year 5 and 6
Travel in style
Canon Fire
Marvellous melodies
Movie moods

Year 5 and 6
Winter tales
Spring into harmony
The need for speed
Eco warriors
Count on me

Award Winning Music Curriculum

During our most recent Ofsted inspection in March 2018 the children spoke to the inspector ‘about the range of musical …..opportunities from which they benefit’ leading him to conclude that ‘the rich curriculum makes a strong contribution to pupils’ love of learning and their personal development’.

Our school has built a strong reputation for providing our children with a wide range of musical opportunities (supported by Lincolnshire Music Service) including whole class brass lessons and  world music for our younger KS2 children. We have a totally inclusive KS2 choir, a KS1 choir and a community wind band, T-Jazz, who have performed regularly at the Lincolnshire Schools’ Prom and the Regional Music For Youth Festival. We have collaborated with Bano Jazz and in July performed together at Birmingham Town Hall at the Music For Youth Festival. Our Pop Choir also took to the stage with great confidence. The power of music brings our children, parents, staff, governors and the local community together. It is a real team effort.

In recognition of the quality and dedication to music our school has won Lincolnshire's Primary School Music Department twice in the past 6 years.

See the Musical Opportunities and Awards at Tattershall Primary School.

Royal Albert Hall Performance

 Music Teacher Awards

Tattershall Primary School was shortlisted for the Best School Music Department Award at the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence!
We were very PROUD and thrilled to have been announced as a finalist as a result of our innovative music tuition structures leading to opportunity and progression alongside evidence of transformation, through music, of our wider school life.

Class 6 Brass

Music For Youth Regional Festival March 2020

Our Pop Choir and T Jazz performed on stage with confidence and style. So proud of each and every one who took part and impressed mentor, Patrick Bailey, who gave us some really positive feedback.

Jazz band visit

Students from Banovallum and QEGS in Horncastle entertained over 200 children with their Jazz Band concert. Children joined us from St Michael's and Holy Trinity to hear some great music and find out about the instruments the musicians played.

T-Jazz Rehearsals January 2020

Village Hall concert at Christmas

T-Jazz and our Pop Choir performing at the village hall at Christmas

T-Jazz rehearsals

Wow afternoon December 2019

Our brass band, Djembe band and T-Jazz performed to parents and friends during our Wow afternoon.

Music Week 2019

Inspired by the music of Igor Stravinsky, Class 6 created images of firebirds which they imagined after listening to the music from The Firebird Suite. It was great to see them choosing from a range of media and developing their ideas as they worked on their pictures . The music provided a stimulus to a variety of learning across many lessons during our Music week.


T-Jazz welcomed some enthusiastic new musicians to our rehearsals. Great to come together through the power of music. Well done everyone. You sound amazing.

Music Mark

Following another successful musical year we have received our 3rd consecutive certificate from Music Mark celebrating our commitment to high quality music teaching for our children and young people.

Brass lessons

At the start of year saw our Year 6 mentors teaching our Year 5 children how to hold and blow the instruments before they chose which one they wanted to learn to play. Our next lesson had our mentors teaching our new players how to look after their instruments. Thank goodness there was time to play before the end of the lesson.

Tattershall Takes to the Stage

Our talented children sang, played, performed gymnastics, demonstrated their cheer leading skills and one young man entertained us with his beat boxing!

Music For Youth Festival Birmingham July 2019

Our Pop Choir and T-Jazz with Bano Jazz performed in Birmingham Town Hall at the Music For Youth Festival in July. It was an absolutely brilliant day. We sang and played to a very appreciative audience, enjoyed listening to steel drums and djembe groups, had lunch together in a park and finished the day enjoying a Burger King! These children were fantastic ambassadors for our school. Let the power of music continue to shape our children’s lives.

T-Jazz & Bano Jazz Tour 28 June

We did it! Our musicians shone during their three concerts, inspiring hundreds of other children and students with their skills and music.

Thank you to St Michael’s Coningsby for a great welcome for our first concert. Horncastle Primary were also a super audience and Banovallum students were fantastic too. We are so proud that our youngsters are taking their music out into the community.

Congratulations to each and every one of them. You were great ambassadors. Now to Birmingham!

T-Jazz & Bano Jazz rehearsal 17 June

T-Jazz joined Bano Jazz for a joint rehearsal before our concert tour to St Michael’s Coningsby, Horncastle Primary School, Banovallum School and then onto the Music For Youth Festival in Birmingham the following week.

We had a great time and worked hard to make sure our music was well prepared and in tune!

Taiko 6 June

Our Taiko warriors performed with passion, war cries and powerful rhythms

Spring Term Wow afternoon April 2019

Many thanks to Mr Swift, who has worked with all our KS2 children this term and put together wonderful Wow afternoon performances with our brass band and samba band which parents and friends of our children really enjoyed.

Junior Music Day March 2019

Well done to our talented T-Jazz musicians who attended the Junior Music Day run by Lincolnshire Music Service. We had great fun, playing some amazing music with musicians from all around our county. Great to have such super experiences to develop skills and confidence.

Music For Youth Regional Festival March 2019

Photographs of our T-Jazz & Bano Jazz rehearsals before and also during our performance at Haven High in Boston. Also a video of our Pop Choir performing Mamma Mia along with our magnificent brass players. We were so proud of the positive comments we received for our musical stars.

Tattershall Primary School's 'POP Choir' and Brass Band audition for Lincolnshire Schools’ Festival at the Lincolnshire Show 2019

Listen to our POP Choir performing Mamma Mia, their audition piece for the Lincolnshire Schools’ Festival.

T-Jazz audition for Lincolnshire Schools’ Festival at the Lincolnshire Show 2019

Listen to T-Jazz performing Bhangra Beat, their audition piece for the Lincolnshire Schools’ Festival. Well done to our young soloists and the whole band for their super playing. Great to have students in our band from Barnes Wallis, Banovallum and Tattershall Primary School

Bhangra Beat

Bhangra Beat played by T-Jazz at rehearsals with our guest conductor Mrs Smith from Banovallum School. A great sound. Should be ready for our audition next week!

T-Jazz December 2018

T-Jazz rehearsals going from strength to strength this year.

WOW Afternoon December 2018

‘Amazing talent,’ Brilliant performances,’ ‘It just keeps getting better and better..

Our KS2 children welcomed friends and family to their Wow afternoon music performance before the end of 2018. Our Year 3 and 4 children performed a selection of pieces played on their Djembes. Our Pop Choir sang some of their Christmas songs with great vigour and our brass band entertained with their programme of tunes too. We finished off with some of our T-Jazz musicians wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

What a super finale to another great year of music making.

Village Hall Carol Concert

Our Pop Choir and T-Jazz performed at the annual village hall carol concert. Great support from so many families and children. The singing and playing sounded great too.

Music Curriculum week

BBC Ten Pieces

We celebrated our cross curricular learning, which was inspired by classical music in each class from BBC Ten Pieces, during a special assembly.

Lark Ascending

During music week class 2 have been listening to ‘Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams.

In PE we used movement to create a dance to represent the lark in the piece of music.

We also listen to the sounds around us and used instruments to represent the sounds we heard, in the same way the lark inspired Vaughan Williams.

Class 3

For Music week we looked at the music, Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst. We thought about how the music made us feel and what we thought the music was about. We wrote descriptive writing of our thoughts and feelings, we created dances to reflect the music and we also painted space themed artwork. We really enjoyed listening to a different style of music.

The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky

Music Week in Class 6 Inspired by the music of Igor Stravinsky the children have been exploring the story and art work linked to The Firebird. They then went on to create their own pictures using mixed media and two children created fantastic sculptures for their homework.