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Robin Hood Primary School

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Welcome to our Music Curriculum page.


We have excellent music provision here at Robin Hood Primary School!


In KS1 and year 3, Mrs Farrelly, our Music Subject Lead, delivers weekly music lessons covering Musicianship, Listening, Creating and Improvisation and Performance. From year 4 onwards we are lucky to work with Nottingham Music Service who come in to do our String Instrument provision and djembe drumming in Year 6. To find out more about Nottingham Music Service - visit their website: Ensembles | Nottingham Music Hub 


This year sees 21 years of the Nottingham Music Hub and our school features very much in this film about their journey! Have a look!


To see our vision and policy for music at Robin Hood see our current policy document; to find out what each year group will learn, take a look at out Root Branch document and to see each year group's summary plan for the year, see the long term plan.

Alongside all of the curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular learning we also have the 'Musician of the Month', which introduces the children to wide range of composers and musicians from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds. Music from that month's musician is played at the start of assemblies and in the dinner halls several days a week, so that the children can hear and experience different musical genres.

Below are some photos and audio files of our work from this year. For videos, head across to our video resource centre.

Audio of Class Scarlett playing as an ensemble - summer 22

Photos from 22-23 Concerts and lessons.

Photos from concerts 21-22

We are highly fortunate to be part of the In Harmony Project. There are only six other projects across the country.


In Harmony's mission is to transform the lives of children in communities through orchestral music-making.


The core principles of In Harmony are:


  • In Harmony is inspirational and transformational for children, families, schools and communities.
  • In Harmony is modelled around participating in an orchestra
  • In Harmony is immersive - with children playing instruments together several times a week from an early age
  • In Harmony seeks to engage all children in the school or community in which a project operates, and it is open to all
  • Children learn together while playing in an orchestra together.
  • The teaching is of exceptionally high quality
  • As children progress, they help each other to learn and progress


Children at Robin Hood have been involved in the Project since January 2013 and have made great progress.


All children in years 4, 5 and 6 have regular tuition and all have their own instrument to take home. Many staff have embraced this too and are learning alongside the children.


Since then we have performed at the Albert Hall in Nottingham, the Festival Hall in London, held several open air concerts in school and performed many times for parents and carers. 

Meet our NMS In Harmony team.

Hello! My name is Belinda Burnard, and I am a music teacher with Nottingham Music Service.  I’m really looking forward to working in your school this year!  My main instrument, and the one I play best, is the violin.  However, I can also play the viola, cello, guitar and a tiny bit of piano!  I can even play the recorder if absolutely necessary!  In your school this year I will be teaching violin, viola and cello.


I’m also looking forward to seeing some of you at Area Band!  My favourite thing about Area Band is watching you progress and gain confidence, and then perform at our big concerts. 


I also support some of the other ensembles run by NMS.  I love being part of a BIG group of musicians making a huge strong sound!  I will really enjoy helping you achieve this big sound and watching your technique improve so that you are able to take part with confidence.


I love all of the events run by NMS across the City!  I never experienced anything like them when I was a child learning to play, so to be part of them now is wonderful. I think my favourite is the Great Orchestra Experiment as I get to play in the big orchestra as well as support the children taking part. It’s the best of both worlds!


My advice to anyone learning an instrument with NMS would be, “Say yes to everything!  Practice your instrument.  Ask for help if you get stuck.  Don’t worry about making mistakes because that’s how we learn.  And finally, join one of the ensembles as it will help you make progress much quicker!”

In this section you will find everything that you need to practise for your grade 2 exam. There are copies of the music and backing tracks to play along to. If you are having difficulties, there is contact information for your In Harmony teachers who will be more than happy to help.


These resources are made available by permission of ABRSM, 2020

In Harmony 2019/20

In Harmony has started brilliantly. Year 4 have been issued with their instruments, Year 5 are continuing with their musical notation and Year 3 have doing musicianship lessons with body percussion and song. Some our our Area Band children went and played with the National Youth Orchestra at Emmanuel School, five Year 5 children went to Music Camp and 7 children have been along to Saturday morning Music School which is run by the Nottingham Music Service.

In Harmony - Autumn Term

Youth Orchestra

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Music Camp

Summer Concert 2019

Summer Concert 2019

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Grade 2 practice videos

Follow these links to a youtube video of the 3 exam pieces for grade 2 violins.

Sleeping Beauty


Raggle Taggle




Year 5 Grade 1 Practice Videos


​Click on these links to practice along with the video:

Under The Sea




The Grey Dove 

The Great Orchestra Experiment 2016

Year 4 In Harmony pupils took part in a concert that was out of this world at The Albert Hall in Nottingham on 23rd March 2016!  You can see a video clip of what they got up to from NottsTV here...


GOE orchestra light sabres

Open Air Concert - July 2014

Spring Concert 2014 - Albert Hall

Open Air Concert July 2013