Music subject overview

Welcome Letter

We provide a wide range of musical experiences for our children at Uplands LEAD Academy. They take part in regular singing assemblies and cover topics such as Pulse, Rhythm, Pitch, Voice, Technology and 20th Century Music in Music lessons. We also provide a number of other opportunities:

Rock Steady

Our school choir visited the Curve theatre along with children from other schools to take part in the ‘Oh Happy Days’ gospel event. They performed three songs ‘Joy’, ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘All Around’. 

‘It was amazing!’ Hrikkrish Biswas 4Hazel
‘So exciting!’ Daniel Sors 4Hazel
‘Singing makes me feel happy’ Riana Ene 4Hazel

De Montfort Hall

Our choir children had a wonderful time on Wednesday evening performing at the De Montfort Hall to a full audience! They all learnt the words to the songs off by heart and sounded fantastic!

Sing Up

At Uplands we have joined with schools around the world to learn and perform the Sing Up Day song. Can you spot us in the videos?

Pulse and Composing

In our Music lessons throughout the Autumn term we have been learning about Pulse and composing and performing our own pieces.

Year 6 Interpretation

This week in music, year 6 looked at interpreting a graphic score. The children worked really hard to show a rhythmic ostinato and musical ideas to represent themselves walking through a thunderstorm.

Music Events

A full week of music experiences at Uplands Junior L.E.A.D. Academy this week.

On Tuesday each year group sang some Christmas songs at the Highfields Centre, it was so nice to have the whole school come together. On Wednesday the choir sang at The Caribbean Centre and on Thursday we had our end of term performance by our Rock Steady bands, supported by the choir. A very big thank you to our parents who came to support their children and to join in the singing. Our thanks also goes to Ash from Rock Steady, Chris from Leicestershire Music who teaches ukulele and Rebecca who leads the choir. If your child is interested in joining the choir or Rock Steady please contact Mrs Grimshaw through the school office or refer to the leaflet about Rock Steady later in the newsletter.

Let’s Make Music Festival

Class Instruments

In Year 4, children spend a year learning to play the ukulele. This is designed to boost confidence, improve fine motor skills and teach performance techniques.

Singing Workshops

Years 5 and 6 have regular singing workshops with a singing specialist from Kaine (a charity who provide musical opportunities for young people). In these workshops, our children have input into writing and performing their own songs, as well as learning about the origins of Gospel music.


At Uplands we have a school choir who meet twice a week to enjoy singing together and work towards performances at venues such as the Curve theatre, the De Montfort Hall as well as performing in end-of-term school assemblies.

The Uplands Choir trained by Simon from Leicestershire Music performed at the De Montfort Hall in June 2022. The children sang a medley of Disney songs, from Peter Pan to Encanto as well as a final performance piece, Adiemus.

Uplands choir had a brilliant time rehearsing with four other schools to prepare for their performance at the Leics Make Music concert at De Montfort Hall

“It was exciting singing with other schools and it sounded beautiful.” Nayab

“The rehearsal was perfect and we made a new friend from another school.” Zoya & Jannatul

“We worked hard to sing our harmony and sing in time to the music. “Samiya

Rock Steady

We have two rock bands at Uplands, ‘Red Eye Tiger’ and ‘Heatstroke’! Children practise weekly with their band leader Ash to learn and rehearse songs, playing either the keyboard, drums, electric guitar, base guitar or singing. Their hard work peaks in our end-of-term assemblies where they perform to the school. Teachers are also sometimes allowed to have a go too!


Y6 enjoyed Drumba today – a mixture of drumming and Zumba. They had a wonderful time. Parents
joined us for a workshop alongside their child at the end of the day.
Parental feedback “ An excellent activity that my son and I enjoyed, highly recommended.” “It was
fantastic, I had great fun.”

Singing in Assembly

Singing Assembly with actions and musical accompaniment!

Music Mark Certificate 2022-23