Subject Leader: Mrs E Warburton

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review, and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated.

Children are given many opportunities to engage in a wide range of musical experiences, including listening, singing, performing, evaluating, and composing across a range of historical periods, cultural traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a love of music, to inspire creativity, and an appreciation of a wide range of musical styles. We are committed to ensuring children develop an appreciation of the cultural and historical importance of music.


All children participate in weekly whole class music lessons delivered by music specialists in KS1 and KS2 and singing worships are delivered weekly to the whole school including EYFS. The elements of music are taught as part of carefully structured classroom lessons based on the Kodaly method, enabling all pupils to participate and analyse how music is created. They also learn how to compose, focusing on the different dimensions of music which develops understanding when listening, playing, or analying music. As part of the curriculum, pupils are taught to listen, play, perform, improvise, compose, and appreciate music. Specialist instrumental teachers are available for private tuition after school.  The Music Coordinator runs a weekly choir club throughout the year for children in EYFS, Key Stage 1, and Key Stage 2. Children in KS1 and KS2 are given the opportunity to perform at a range of concerts in collaboration with Saint George’s Church of England Secondary School, the Alethia Academies Trust, and Young Voices.



Children will develop an understanding of the different components of musical structure and will be able to enjoy music as a listener, creator, or performer. Children acquire vital knowledge about the possible careers in music that are available to them by attending concerts and listening to local musicians performing in school and in the wider community.

Children will develop their listening skills and be able to identify music from different historical periods and discuss the similarities and differences of various musical genres.
Children will develop their confidence, social skills, and sense of achievement when singing and performing and will develop a sense of achievement from representing the school as part of the school choir.


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Music is part of the Expressive Arts and Design Area of Learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Our aim is to engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Children engage in a wide range of activities including singing, playing tuned and untuned percussion instruments, listening to a range of music from different times and cultures and experimenting with composition. Music skills are further developed through our cross-curricular planning.

Within the EYFS, our children take part in regular musical activity both child-led and adult-led. This can help support children’s acquisition of language and communication. It can also aid their personal and social development, their physical agility, well-being, imagination and creativity.

Music also helps to support our children’s communication and language. By tuning children into the rhythm of language, through music, we are helping them to hear the patterns of sounds that we know as words and phrases.

Our children have access to musical instruments both inside and outside and particularly enjoy exploring music using items they have created themselves.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music

Key Stage Two

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different tradition and from great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music