St. Ignatius (BKCAT) Music Plan

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.


Our Music curriculum aims to offer a unique means of communication that can excite, motivate and inspire. It is also a vital means of personal expression, and can remain an important part of a child’s emotional and spiritual development. Our Music curriculum promotes social cohesion through group activity, collective worship as a Catholic community, and reflects the socio-cultural climate in which we live. This will enable our children to understand their place in the wider world.

Guiding principles:

“Key outcomes schools should be looking to achieve by the end of primary school include that pupils: 

  • sing with accurate pitch in unison or harmony with attention to phrase and dynamics 
  • are capable of playing a simple melody on an instrument in an ensemble and to learn it from, for example, staff notation 
  • are able to create short phrases of new melodic music 
  • demonstrate knowledge of music from a range of musical traditions 
  • increasingly enjoy both their music lessons and taking part in the wider musical life of the school”‘The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education’ DfE and DCMS 2022, p.28.

“High-quality music education may have the following features:

  • Curriculum content that might reasonably be mastered in the time available, remembering that sometimes less is more.
  • Plentiful opportunities for pupils to return to and consolidate their short-term learning
  • Repetition of key curricular content with the gradual introduction of new ideas, methods and concepts….
  • Realistic scope concerning this knowledge which, if it is to be meaningful and remembered, is unlikely to be vast.” – ‘Research Review Series: Music’ Ofsted 2021.

Music Provision at St. Ignatius

We are incredibly fortunate to have Mrs. Shelton as part of our school community, as her exceptional skills and passion for music greatly enrich our educational experience. Mrs. Shelton brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom, making learning music a truly engaging and enjoyable journey for our students.

Mrs. Shelton’s creative teaching methods inspire a love for music among our young learners, nurturing their musical talents and instilling a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Her unwavering commitment to fostering a harmonious and inclusive music environment ensures that every child at our school can discover their musical potential and confidently embrace the joy of music.

We are very lucky to have such a member of staff in school who is attuned to all things musical! Mrs Shelton expertly delivers some of our music curriculum, alongside class teachers, and often directs our school performances, as well as many plays at the Priory Players in Ossett!


Musical Events at St. Ignatius:

  • Young Voices
  • School Choir Events
  • EYFS/Ks1 Nativities
  • Class 3 and 4 Easter Performance
  • Class 5 (Year 6) End of Year Performance


Key Stage Two Choir

Mrs Shelton runs an after school choir which takes place every Wednesday evening in school. If your child would like to attend, please contact the school office or speak to Mrs Shelton directly! There will be an exciting opportunity for them to attend Young Voices if they would like to!


Wakefield Music Services


Through Wakefield Music Services, our children have the opportunity to learn the violin or a woodwind instrument. If your child is interested in playing other instruments, please contact the music services directly. Otherwise, please contact our school office for more information on how to sign up to learn the violin or woodwind instruments.


Diocese of Leeds Music

Our music provision at St. Ignatius never ends! We also have a specialised teacher, Mrs Kitson, from the Leeds Diocese of Music teach Melodica to Class 4 and 5 and singing to all other year groups.

Diocese of Leeds Music Website

Singing Programme Year 3 and Year 4

Melodica Programme Year 5 and Year 6

Singing Summer Term Overview 2022 KS2



It doesn’t stop there! St. Ignatius also offers children the opportunity to play in a rock band! This services is provided to us by Rock Steady Music School. Their friendly team join our school every week and each term they perform to our school during our celebration assemblies! If you think this is something your child would be interested in, please find more information on this website – Rocksteady Information for Parents. Alternatively, contact our school office.


Bishop Konstant Youth Choir

Is your child interested in singing? Would they like to join our BKCAT Youth Choir? Please see details below!

























Music Policy

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