Subject leader: Mrs C. Nickeas

"Music is life itself."     - Louis Armstrong

'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.' National Curriculum Music 2014

Music Curriculum


'The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.'  DfE Development Matters

Expressive Arts and Design (Being Imaginative and Expressive)

  • Children sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs
  • Children perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and (when appropriate) try to move in time with music


Pupils are taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and un-tuned 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


Pupils are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

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

Helping your child with Music at home

You can support your young musicians at home by:

  • Listening to and, where possible, singing along with lots of different styles of music together
  • Talking about the voices, instruments and atmosphere created in familiar and unfamiliar music
  • Adding actions to songs and clapping pulse and rhythms together
  • Encouraging your young musician to perform their own music and songs, celebrating their successes together! 

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