Resources for school staff

Resources for school staff

Teaching Weeks

We teach for 33 weeks out of the academic year, with designated periods to allow for any catch up required.  

Lesson administration

Curriculum resources

NMPAT has commissioned resources to support schools .

Flora Sheringham compiled this wonderful resource in 2002 which was then called Little Pieces. This interesting collection brought together some musical gems with which to enhance delivery of dance within EYFS strand ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ and with progression to Dance at KS1. The pieces were chosen specifically to enable listening and responding through dance and are taken from a wide range of styles, genres and traditions.

This exciting resource has now been updated, adopting many of Flora’s insightful ideas and music choices. Dream with your Feet is now available online with detailed practitioners’ notes, offering creative ideas, not only for initiating dance and movement, but also providing cross-curricular activities to connect music and movement to the EYFS Framework and the wider KS1 curriculum.

The activities are aimed at the generalist: they are practical, concise, accessible … ‘pick up and go’ materials. The EYFS Framework and KS1 curriculum notes were written by Sue Nicholls. The dance notes were created by Karen Bailey.


  1. Teddy Bears’ Picnic (PDF 464KB)
  2. Marche Militaire (PDF 394KB)
  3. La Cumparsita (PDF 467KB)
  4. Gymnopedie (PDF 492KB)
  5. Polka (PDF 440KB)
  6. Mother Goose (PDF 371KB)
  7. When the Saints (PDF 414KB)
  8. Maple Leaf Rag (PDF 458KB)
  9. Tin Roof Blues (PDF 639KB)
  10. Can Can (PDF 473KB)
  11. Tortoise (PDF 464KB)
  12. Grasshopper (PDF 405KB)
  13. Waltz (PDF 320KB)
  14. Round Dance (PDF 502KB)


Ten Pieces Plus Primary was commissioned in 2015 and circulated free to all of the Primary Schools in Northamptonshire and Rutland. Copies of the Ten Pieces Plus Primary Resource are still available at a cost of £10 each, plus postage and packing.

Hubs wishing to purchase for all of their Primary Schools are invited to make contact to discuss a bulk purchase at a considerable reduction. Please contact

Secondary Ten Pieces Plus is a resource for Secondary Schools to help them get the most out of the BBC Ten Pieces initiative.

Commissioned by a consortium of Hubs, led by Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, these resources have been written by Chris Hiscock, Hilary Miles, Peter Hunt and Deena Day and have been edited by Sue Nicholls.

There are ten stand-alone units, one based on each of the pieces, containing:

  • Teacher pages:
    • Context
    • Musical ingredients
    • Learning activities summary
    • KS3 music curriculum links
    • Key Learning
    • Related listening examples
    • Possible links with other subjects
    • Learning activities – teacher notes
    • Teacher resources (worksheets, scores, etc.)
  • Pupil pages (worksheets, etc.)
  • Additional MP3 files as appropriate

The resources have been reproduced on a single DVD and copies will be circulated to all Northamptonshire and Rutland Secondary Schools as part of our strategy to support curriculum Music at KS3.

You can get an idea of the scope of the resources from these sample pages:

Colleagues from other Hubs and individuals are welcome to purchase copies at £12 each plus a small charge for postage and packing. If you would like to order, please contact

An NMEH resource for secondary teachers that includes:

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

Additional resources

The Arts Festival is presented by 4 learning associations with support form NMPAT.

A wonderful opportunity to perform on stage at The Derngate, Northampton in front of an audience. The dates for the Festival 2020 are Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June 

Applications should be sent to Anna Carter by 13th December at

NMPAT continues to be a premier partner of Charanga and are able to offer all Northamptonshire and Rutland schools access to Charanga’s award-winning Musical School programme. 

Musical School is a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.

Musical School is available through NMPAT at a discounted rate of £195 per year. You can sign up for a 30 day trial period before ordering.

Composition competitions

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CPD training courses

We deliver these courses to cover every key stage and part of the national curriculum. Also includes the Certificate for Music Educators.

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