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Curriculum Overview


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.

Music is essentially a practical subject and is a strength of our school. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use percussion instruments in order to develop their creative skills. The school provides all children during Year 3 with the opportunity to learn to play the recorder. All children receive weekly singing practice and pupils are encouraged to join the school choir from Year 4. Currently, children can choose to have individual instrumental lessons learning the guitar, violin all taught by peripatetic music teachers.

The national curriculum for music is taught through the topics;

Year 1 - Ourselves and Music, Nativity carols, Musical Opposites, Sound and Hearing, Musical Maths, Festivals and Celebrations.

Year 2 - Patterns in Music, Keeping the Beat, More Musical Opposites, Stories and Music- Peter and the Wolf, Music through time and places.

Year 3 - Recorder - Introduction to music theory, Nativity carols and music, Recorder Posture, Time Signatures, Rests, Performance.

Year 4 - Music and Dance around the World, Composing, Ostinato, Rhythm. Patterns, Exploring Voices, Music WO Project.

Year 5 - The Orchestra -Bach, Appraising Music from the Opera - Verdi, Musical Interpretations, Popular Style Anthems and Festivals.

Year 6 - Music and Poetry, Holst - the Planets, Music in History, Exploring Song Writing, Popular Styles Blues, Musicals.