Addington School



  • To build knowledge and skills in music through sequential learning, memory retention and planning for progression.
  • To give students the opportunity to have positive interactions with music, through breadth of experience.
  • To nurture an enjoyment in music and through active participation, listening and observing.
  • To explore use music as a vehicle to explore wider soft skills such as creativity, expression, collaboration, self-improvement, reflection, analysing and awareness of their own and others cultural identity.
  • To develop their self esteem and self confidence as achievements and successes are shared and celebrated.
  • To develop independence to satisfy and continue expanding musical engagement.
  • To bring our community together in shared enjoyment and appreciation.
  • To link with the wider community.
  • To give students lasting memories of positive experiences.


The music team work with all students in the school.  Every student has a weekly class lesson with a music specialist teacher.  These take place in the classroom, music room or sensory theatre as appropriate to the class.  They one follow 3 schemes: Starters scheme, Main scheme or Sensory scheme.

Around a quarter of students have instrumental lessons with visiting peripatetic teachers from Berkshire Maestros, supported by Addington staff to deliver small steps of progression.

Our music therapists works with children throughout the school for a one year block. 

There are also many musical activities that take place throughout the week including Addington Band, lunchtime clubs and concerts like Special Superstar.

Music Lesson Curriculum Planning for Progression

  • Schemes of work are designed to give progression, from simple participation and engagement through to more accurate instrumental playing and applying musical knowledge to activities.
  • Arts Award Bronze and Silver currently in Key Stage 4 and 5 runs with all students and shows progress in their skills and attainment through their portfolios.
  • Carefully planned small steps with peri teachers.
  • Opportunities for sharing work built into the school year.
  • Arts Award is being introduced in Key Stage 3, beginning with Discover. The aim is to then progress to Explore award by year 9.


  • Students engage with music and have the ability to continue to positively engage with music throughout adulthood.
  • Students develop a wide knowledge of music and musical interaction at a level appropriate to them. This supports them to develop their musical identity as we encourage independence in sharing their preferences positively. They are able to use their knowledge to make choices.
  • Students form positive long lasting memories of music at Addington and a life long enjoyment of music.
  • Students have the opportunity to shine in music activities. They are celebrated as they share their skills. Students enjoy participating in activities and where possible extend their participation either as a performer or audience member through joining events outside of their weekly lesson. 
  • They are able to be creative and use music as a form of communication and expression.
  • Students with a particular musical talent (at the level in which they are working) are able to further explore their skills and knowledge and some may gain a qualification.
  • Links with the wider community are formed.
  • Through a wide and enriching music curriculum our school community is brought together to enjoy and participate in music.

If you would like more information you can contact the Creative Arts team via the school’s telephone number or by email at m-ca@addington.wokingham.sch.uk

Addington School are proud to an Artsmark Champion and hold a Artsmark Platinum Award.

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Last update: 2023-01-13