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Music, especially singing, plays an important part in the life of our school. The National Curriculum is taught through the music scheme, Charanga. It is richly supplemented throughout the year and and across year groups.

St Philip Howard is part of the National Schools' Singing Programme and Yvette Murphy is our Musical Director. 

All children get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in Year 4.

 GoldFord - "Walk with Me" Lyric Video

I couldn't resist sharing this BEAUTIFUL song that I came across recently...
Happy New Year everybody!!






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Curriculum Enrichment


Performance: Welcome Service

Year 1

Performance: Class Assembly

Year 2

Performance: Nativity, Class Assembly

Year 3:

Performance: Class Assembly

Focus: National Schools’ Singing Programme

Year 4

Musical Instrument: Ukulele

Performance: Easter Passion Play, Class Assembly,

Year 5

Performance: Class Assembly

Focus : Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

Year 6

Performance: Summer Production, Class Assembly

Year 3-6



 Many of the tracks that feature on this page are recordings taken off the 3 School CDs that we have designed & recorded over the last 15 years. 

 We are incredibly proud of our children's beautiful singing and playing and it is wonderful to be able to share many of our favourite action rhymes, musical poems, songs, dances & activities (some in different languages!) 


National Schools Singing Programme (NSSP)

Weekly sessions take place during the normal school day and are tailored to suit each class and year group. They include music for school liturgies blended with interactive music education games and secular repertoire. Classes support the national curriculum and enhance educational attainment and progression. 

The foundation of the Schools Singing Programme rests on a network of after-school choirs that support parish and cathedral liturgies. As well as enhancing the in-school experience of musical education, the programme engages the wider community with concerts and performances that all can enjoy.


Charanga Musical School Curriculum Overview

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.


In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.


How the scheme is structured

Each Unit of Work focuses on the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
    1. Warm-up Games
    2. Optional Flexible Games
    3. Singing
    4. Playing instruments
    5. Improvisation
    6. Composition
  3. Performing


Mastery in your Music Lessons

Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. The teacher, is able to plan and provide the opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills/Music/mmc-musical-spotlight-descriptions.pdf



Pentatonix "Happy"

Like Naturally 7 and BYU Noteworthy’s “a cappella” (without instruments) singing,

Pentatonix cleverly use just their voices to not only sing, but beatbox & sound like real instruments.

It's worth exploring this amazingly talented band as their music is very uplifting and often quite beautiful.



The Gruffalo’s official website 


 full of activities to download, games to play, books to order, video clips to watch

& Julia’s wonderful songs to sing…  

Julia Donaldson songs

'The Gruffalo Song' 

(with Makaton signing AND a special guest STAR!!)

(featuring clips from the beautiful Gruffalo animated film)

'A Squash & a Squeeze'  


'Funny Face!!'


Once again, in response to many requests, please enjoy another one of our most popular songs with your families :-)



-it literally AMAZES me what a profound emotional response our children have to this wonderful modern version – from passionately singing the choruses to literally being so calm at the end that you could hear a pin drop!!

This link will take you to a YouTube film with lyrics AND guitar chords :- )

So PLEASE, all our Rocksteady Rock Stars & other fantastic musicians, do play along too!   

(P.S. I also found this BEAUTIFUL a capella version to continue to inspire

your beatboxing & vocal instrumental sounds as well!)


Naturally 7’s BEAUTIFUL version of Coldplay’s Fix You

I hope you enjoy this song & that it inspires you to mimic musical instruments with your voice.

It is quite incredible to believe when listening that ALL the sounds in the recording

are created by the human voice – especially the electric guitars & drums! 


Joy of the Holy Spirit – MORE singing & signing!!

Time for another favourite hymn for you & your families.  Simply click the link below

and it will open Mike Stanley’s beautiful “Joy of the Holy Spirit”:


Bind us together, Lord


I hope you’ve enjoyed remembering ‘Hot Cross Buns’ & ‘As I kneel before you’ from our recorder lessons?

 (Sheet music downloadable from this French/Music page)

Practising a tune a day on any instrument will improve your playing amazingly!

PLUS you’ll notice on this music that there are guitar/ukulele etc chords AND a page of harmonies, so please work on it hard with ALL your instruments and any other family members who can play or sing along!!