Through our teaching and the experiences we offer, we aim to teach children the universal language of music and engage and inspire pupils to have a love of music. Within our music curriculum, children will encounter a range of music styles and learn about the history of music as well as noted composers. Our children will use their voices as well as tuned and untuned instruments to compose and perform music.



The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  •   learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


  • 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.


  • 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 traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.


We meet National Curriculum expectations for music through our use of Charanga Music Scheme as well as a diverse range of peripatetic teaching through Key Stage 2 which is designed to be progressional. Our children have opportunities to experience a range of live music through arranged half termly professional performances in school and organised visits. They also, during daily assembly as well as in their music lessons, listen and appraise recorded music by various composers from throughout history and consider the interrelated dimensions of music in key compositions.


Our children sing, play, improvise and compose using their voices as well as tuned and untuned instruments.

They learn to read and record the basics of the universal language of music using non-standard and then standard notation (when they are ready).


Our curriculum is further enriched by taking part in musical events and competitions which take place in various prestigious locations in our region such as The Sage and Customs House. Children’s talents and interests in music are fostered and developed by providing further opportunities for personal progression via private or small group instrumental tuition and links with local secondary schools.


Music is used as a vehicle for collective worship, reflection and celebrations and is a huge part of daily life in our school. It promotes positive behaviours, confidence, engagement and enjoyment where all children are given the opportunity to succeed in the arts.


Please see our Music Curriculum Overview below:

Supporting scheme:  KS1+ 2: Charanga Music Scheme     EYFS: Tiny Tweeties
Year group Coverage
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery TT: Feelings TT: Autumn 


TT: Halloween TT: Christmas  TT: Winter TT: topic related  TT: Spring/ Easter  TT: Feelings TT: topic related  TT: Summer TT: topic related 
Reception Me Christmas Performance/ rehearsals   My Stories  Everyone  Our World – Build on previous learning Big Bear Funk
EYFS Continuous Provision / whole school events  Access to music area through play  Christmas performance/ Rehearsals   Access to music area through play  Access to music area through play  Access to music area through play  Access to music area through play 
Year 1 Hey You  Christmas/ Nativity  Rhythm in the way we walk  In the Groove Round and Round  Your Imagination 
Year 2  Hands and Feet Christmas/ Nativity Music Festival rehearsals(pianist) Music Festival rehearsals(pianist) Friendship Song  I wanna play in a band / Zoo Time 
KS1 Continuous Provision / whole school events  Harvest Festival(Pianist)

Traditional hymns/ remembrance preparation 

Christmas Performance (Pianist)

Creative Week 

Pantomime trip 

Music Festival rehearsals(pianist)

Performance by theatre company 

Music Festival Performance (pianist)

Classical music performance 

Disney/ topic related songs(pianist)

Culture week- Music from country of study 

Music workshops 

Pop/ topic related(pianist)

Live band performance 

Year 3 Drumming Tuition  Drumming TuitionChristmas Performance Three Little Birds  The Dragon Song  Bringing us together.  Glockenspiel 1Music notation and composition 
Year 4  Mamma Mia Glockenspiel 2Music notation and composition 

Christmas Performance

Music festival rehearsals  Music festival performance Lean on Me  Blackbird 
Year 5 Living on a Prayer  Classroom Jazz 1 Christmas Performance KeyboardMusic notation and composition  KeyboardMusic notation and composition  The Fresh Prince of Belair  Dancing in the Street 
Year 6  Uke Tuition Music notation and composition  Uke Tuition Christmas Performance  Classroom Jazz 2  You’ve got a Friend You’ve got a Friend  Garageband Transition assembly song
KS2 Continuous provision / whole school events  Traditional hymns/ remembrance preparation  Christmas performance Creative week 

Pantomime trip

Performance by theatre company Spring Sing for choir  Y 3/4   Class assembly with music element  Culture week- Music from country of study Music workshops  Y5/6 Class assembly with music element Live Band performance in school




We measure the impact of our music curriculum with various formative methods of assessment including self and peer assessment. Children appraise and suggest constructive developments for their own work and that of their peers. Evidence of children’s work in music can be found as blogs, pieces of work and photos in books as well as electronically as sound and video recordings. The music coordinator monitors the teaching and evidence of music through observations and work and planning scrutinies. We use our Music Passport to revisit and revise prior learning and assess how the children have retained their learning.


As well as assessing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children have developed in the subject, we also consider their level of enjoyment and engagement. This enables us to identify the children for whom music is their element. We endeavour to provide guidance and further opportunities to explore their talents and interest in this subject with extracurricular activities, private lessons, community events and competitions or shows in our region.


Music Progression Document

Music Passport