At our school we strive to deliver a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

The teaching of music is based upon the fact that it is a creative and social art to be enjoyed. Pupils have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion.

Singing lies at the heart of our music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the pupils’s ability to sing in tune and with other people.

We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Pupils develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach the pupils to recognise pulse and pitch. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.

Pupils start by singing and rhyming very early when they come into nursery. The main focus in Early Years is to make sure music is very active, very fast paced so it keeps moving, and it’s lots of fun. There’s a lot of copying and call and response, lots of movement and lots of smiling!

In Key Stage 1 pupils are encouraged to perform on their own and in groups. Singing is a large part of music lessons and we have lots of singing fun! They are exposed to different types of music from different periods and cultures. They have experiences playing tuned and untuned instruments.

In Key Stage 2 pupils are encouraged to play musical instruments with increased accuracy and expression, using improvisation and composing their own music. They are taught to understand musical notation. They are encouraged to listen to music from other traditions and time periods and use musical technology.

Pupils are taught to play musical instruments in Key Stage 2. In Year 3 they are taught basic recorder, in Year 5, basic ukulele and in Year 6, keyboard.

Musical ability is assessed in school and regularly reported back to parents. Children are assessed on their ability to listen, sing, compose and perform. Musical assessment is used to inform planning, differentiation and to challenge all pupils.


There is a school choir that is open to all pupils in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, that performs a variety of music throughout the year at various venues.

Pupils come to the choir to learn to sing and have fun. Participation and enthusiasm are really important and we work together to achieve a lovely sound.

We sing a variety of songs throughout the year to different audiences and at different venues. We perform at the Young Voices concert at the Genting Arena along with 6000 other children in January. We help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and perform at the hospital in the winter and summer.

Every year we go and sing Christmas Carols at the local senior citizen residences in our community.

Annually in May, the choir sings with other schools at the Coventry Youth Orchestra concert at Warwick Arts Centre and our choir always performs in school concerts and charity events.

Last year we sang with Armonico Consort at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Music highlights

At our school pupils have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy musical experiences throughout the year.

These musical activities range from taking part in musical concerts to joining workshops from music specialists. We take part in the Instrumental scheme at Warwick Arts Centre, where children from primary schools are provided with free tickets for classical music concerts.

Autumn Term

  • Choir Training with Local Voices, a local choir
  • Singing with Local Voices and a primary school choir at the Ricoh Arena, performing at a Wasps rugby game
  • Performance concerts for Foundation, Key Stage 1, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6
  • Christmas sing-a-long with residents at Cottage Farm Lodge, a local care home
  • Fundraising for University Coventry Hospital
  • Community Church voices – singing at a Christmas concert with other local schools, organised by local churches

Spring Term

  • Young Voices – a concert at the NEC, singing with 6000 other children and a live rock band!
  • Mornings Of Music – organised by the local Performing Arts Service. Pupils from Key Stage 1 and 2 travel to other schools and enjoy a morning of music, performing and playing a variety of instruments
  • Big Sing – again organised by the Performing Arts Service. Pupils who participated in the Mornings of Music perform at Warwick Arts Centre with over 500 children from across Coventry schools
  • Bablake Musical Theatre Day – pupils from Year 5 are asked to perform along with other children from Coventry schools. They learn the material at school in workshops from a specialist teacher and then a concert is performed after one day’s rehearsal in front of parents
  • Musical concert with Coventry Youth Orchestra – Whitmore pupils have been attending this concert for many years. It takes place at Warwick Arts Centre and the pupils sing with other pupils from across Coventry and are accompanied by the Coventry Youth Orchestra
  • Performance concerts for Key Stage 1, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6

Summer Term

  • Drumming workshop with Bablake School
  • Visit by the Performing Arts Orchestra who performs concerts to the whole school
  • Year 6 leaving concert
  • Performance concerts for Foundation, Key Stage 1, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6
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