Music Curriculum Leader: Miss Sims


The intent of the Music Curriculum is to provide the children with plenty of opportunities to learn, apply and strengthen their musical skills of listen & appraise, composition, singing, improvisation, playing a musical instrument and in performance.

It is also the intent of the Music Curriculum for children to learn about different styles, traditions and times of Music and to develop their knowledge of different composers. In addition, for children to experience Music in different ways such as going to a concert, watching a band or viewing live orchestra performance.


The school will engage in weekly 30-minute music lessons each term.

In Early Years, the children will access Music on a daily basis via the singing of rhymes, having a musical area within the continuous provision and by being involved with whole school events such as Singing Worship and watching performances. This is to support them in achieving the Early Learning Goals of:

Expressive Arts & Design:

30-50 Months:

  • Enjoys joining in with dancing and ring games.

  • Sings a few familiar songs.

  • Begins to move rhythmically.

  • Imitates movement in response to music.

  • Taps out simple repeated rhythms.

  • Explores and learns how sounds can be changed.

40 – 60 Months:

  • Has a repertoire of songs and dances.

  • Explores the different sounds of instruments.


  • Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.

Below is a copy of the Long Term Plan for Year 1 to Year 6 in Music.

Unit Information:

Listen & Appraise Unit: This unit will involve the children: listening to a piece of music, engaging in a discussion about this music (which will also include identification of particular concepts of this music such as tempo, timbre, dynamics etc), singing, improvising and performing.

Musical Instrument Unit: This unit will involve the children learning to play an instrument and learning to play a tune/song, which they will perform to a small audience at the end of the unit.

Composition Unit: This unit will involve the children composing a piece of music on a tuned or untuned instrument and performing this to their peers.

KS2 Research Unit: This unit will allow the children to engage in research of different composers and song writers overtime and to discuss the influence that they had on society.

During the research unit, the children in KS2 will research into the following composers and song writers.

Below is a copy of the progression in skills for Music from Year1 to Year 6 in Music.

Below is a copy of the National Curriculum for Music.

To ensure that:

  • The children remember the long-term content.

  • The children understanding that they are systematically learning.

  • The children can integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

The school has implemented the following system, which is adhered to each lesson.

At the start of each Music lesson, the children consult their Music learning log so that they can recap on prior learning, skills and use of vocabulary. If, however, this is the first lesson in the unit, time will be spent looking back at all of the Music units completed over time. This is so that the children can see if there are any previous skills or learning that can be transferred to this new unit.

After each Music lesson, the children’s learning will be added to a Music learning log.


The intended impact of the Music Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to the progression in skills document).

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

·       are inspired by the Music Curriculum and want to learn more.

·       show the progression in their skills and knowledge in their performance, class record book  and class diary.

·       can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.

·       can identify some composers and song writers of different styles and talk about the impact that their composing/writing has had on the world.

Ukulele Club:

Music Gallery:

Pupil Voice:

In a recent pupil voice, the following comments were given by the children.

“I enjoyed singing with my friends and performing to the rest of the school.”

“The genre of Music we learnt about about was Rock. The song Living on a Prayer was fun to learn and sing.”

“I liked playing the glockenspiel this year, we played a riff on it.”

“Playing the keyboard was my favourite activity. I also liked being the conductor and keeping all the children at the correct tempo.”

Response to Covid-19

During the 2021 national lockdown, instead of teaching Music weekly, we taught Music within a Celebration of Music Day and which consisted of the children exploring the set genre of Music for their year group as set out in the long-term plan .

Staff Training:

Music consortium subject leader zoom- 18.10.21 (Subject webpages)

Music consortium subject leader zoom- 16.06.21 (Model music curriculum and deep dives)

Music consortium subject leader zoom- 07.12.20 (Music deep dives)

Spring term consortium meeting 2020

October 2019: Autumn Consortium Meeting – Intent, Implementation & Impact Training

October 2019: Most Able Music Event