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.


Early Years:

In Early Years, the children will access music on a daily basis via the singing of rhymes and by being involved with whole school events such as singing worship and watching performances.

Each week, the children will also engage in a music session led by a music specialist. This will be in a group of less than 10 pupils.

The most relevant statements for Music with regard to developing the children’s skills are in the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Expressive Arts and Design

3 & 4 Year Olds
and Language
Sing a large repertoire of songs.
Expressive Arts and Design
Listen with increased attention to sounds.
Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings.
Remember and sing entire songs.
Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).
Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.
Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know.
Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas.
and Language
Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.
Learn rhymes, poems and songs.
Expressive Arts and Design
Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and  developing their ability to represent them.
Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
Arts and Design
Being Imaginative and Expressive
Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and (when  appropriate) try to move in time with music.

With regard to developing the children’s knowledge in music, in order to develop their skills, the children will need to know:

  • the words and melody to a range of different songs.

  • a range of different feelings (happy, sad, excited etc.) This is so that they can explain how a song makes them feel.

  • the names of some percussion instruments (triangle, tambourine, drum, maracas, bells etc.)

  • that different instruments are played in different ways (hit, scrapped, shaken)

  • how to work together to perform a song or rhyme (i.e. look at the teacher to know when to start etc.)

  • what a rhyme is and sounds like.

Years 1 to 6:

The remainder of the school engage in weekly 30-minute music lessons each term following the long-term plan below, using the Charanga scheme of work for lesson guidance and guidance.

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 and knowledge for Music from Year 1 to Year 6:

Below is a copy of the National Curriculum for Music:

Retaining & Recalling Previous Knowledge & Skills:

To ensure that the children remember the long-term content of the Music curriculum in addition to understanding that they are systematically learning and constantly integrating 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 will visit their Music log so that they can recap on prior learning, skills and use of vocabulary from the previous lesson / lessons within the unit of work.

If, however, the lesson in the first lesson in the unit, time will be spent looking back at all of the Music units completed overtime.

This is so that the children can see if there are any previous skills or learning that can be transferred to this new unit.

At the end of each Music lesson, notes will be added to the Music log in the form of the children’s reflections, photographs, key learning notes, QR codes of performances, definition of key vocabulary etc.

Extended Opportunities: 

In addition to weekly Music lessons, the children will also:

  • Enjoy regular live musical performances throughout the year. For Example: Listening to the brass band at Christmas, watching a theatre performance, taking part in or watching Hindsford’s Got Talent, listening to music being played.

  • Participate in Singing Worship each week.

  • Have the opportunity to attend music workshops at Fred Longworth High School.

  • Have the opportunity to attend a Music afterschool club involving the children learning to play an instrument.

  • Perform for members of the community – i.e. Carol signing, singing at the local church, class assemblies, visiting residential homes etc.


The intended impact of the Music Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group will be working at or above the expected level for their age in Music at the end of each year.

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

  • are inspired and want to learn more about Music

  • develop a love of Music and a style/genre of Music that they have a preference to

  • Develop their own individual connection with Music

  • show progression in their skills and knowledge as set out in the music progression documents

  • can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt overtime

The above impact will be assessed in a number of different ways throughout each year:

  • At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessments linked to the medium term plan objectives. A best fit level will then be given at the end of the as an overall level of learning. This levelling will be graded as set out in the school’s assessment policy – below (not accessing the curriculum), working towards, expected or exceeding.

  • The pace of learning will be viewed via the class Music logs and linked to the medium term plan objectives.

  • Learning walks will be carried out to assess the quality of teaching and learning being delivered.

  • Pupil voice sessions will assess how much knowledge the children are retaining overtime and able to recall when asked. These sessions will focus on asking the children questions about the learning that is documented in their Music log. During curriculum governor days, the children will also be asked about their learning in reference to their Music log and medium term plans.

  • Whole school and class performances will indicate the level of skill the children have developed in applying their knowledge of the curriculum.

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 Livin’ 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 (January 2021 to March 2021), plans were adapted so that teachers could deliver Music to the children remotely. This was mainly in the form of asking them to listen to a piece of music and comment on the tempo, dynamics, timbre, melody, pitch and structure.

When the children returned back to school, Music was then taught within three celebration of Music days which consisted of the children catching up with any missed learning during lockdown and keeping up with current learning.

Staff Training:

1:1 Music Meeting – 19.04.22 – Progression in Skills & Knowledge Update

Music Consortium Subject Leader Zoom – 18.10.21 (Focus: Subject Webpages)

Music Staff Meeting – Music Log Books – 01.09.21

Music Consortium Subject Leader Zoom – 16.06.21 (Focus: Model Music Curriculum and Deep Dives)

Music Consortium Subject Leader Zoom – 07.12.20 (Focus: Progression in Skills & Knowledge)

INSET Staff Training – 02.09.20 – The Music Curriculum

Music Consortium Subject Leader Zoom – 10.07.20 (Focus: Music Vocabulary)

Music Consortium Meeting – 05.10.19 – Intent, Implementation & Impact Training

Most Able Music Event – 05.10.19