“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Anderson

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of individuals and groups of people.

Music plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. At Rufforth, our school ‘family’ share musical learning and experiences in many ways:

  • singing assemblies
  • workshops with local care home
  • enrichment clubs
  • peripatetic music teacher
  • Harvest and Easter family assemblies with a showcase piece from each class
  • Nativity and carol services
  • Whole school theatre trip
  • project work with York Music Hub
  • Young Voices
  • PE expressive dance sessions/Yoga

We intend for all pupils to have the opportunity to be inspired by professional musicians in a wide range of musical genres. We work with York Music Hub to participate in events on a school and city wide basis.

Music reflects culture and society, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. It has an undeniable positive impact on emotional, physical and mental well-being.

Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject.

At Rufforth, we use Charanga, an online music scheme that works in partnership with York Music Hub, to support our music teaching. Through the Charanga schemes of work, children learn and develop skills in the following key areas:

  • listening and appraising
  • creating and exploring
  • singing and performing


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