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In line with the National Curriculum, we believe music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our high-quality music education is delivered by a music specialist and aims to 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. 

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 play musical instruments, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence 
  • understand and explore how music is created, through the following elements: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Each class has four 6/7 week units of music per academic year, delivered in an hour-long lesson each week. In these lessons, the children listen, perform, compose, and evaluate music as they learn about the seven elements that make up music.

Our approach is heavily skills-based. We believe that a thorough grounding in fundamental music skills, such as keeping a steady beat; singing in tune; internalising and performing rhythms of increasing complexity; and developing critical listening, will maximise progression and achievement, allowing them to apply these skills to increasingly more complex tasks as the children move through the key phases.



2 year Prog

4 teaching units per academic year, 8 units over a 2-year rolling programme

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Year 1/2

Prog A

Sounds Interesting 

Exploring sounds

The Long and Short of it

Exploring duration

Ongoing Skills 

Reinforcement of key skills

Rain, Rain, Go Away 

Exploring timbre, tempo, dynamics

Year 1/2

Prog B

What’s the Score? 

Exploring instruments and symbols

Feel the Pulse 

Exploring pulse and rhythm

Taking Off

Exploring pitch

Class Project

Designing, making and playing instruments

Year 3/4

Prog A



Painting with Sound 

Exploring sound colours

Dragon Scales 

Exploring pentatonic scales

Salt, Pepper, Vinegar, Mustard 

Exploring singing games

Play it Again 

Exploring rhythmic patterns

Year 3/4

Prog B

The Class Orchestra 

Exploring arrangements

Animal Magic 

Exploring descriptive sounds

Ongoing Skills 

Reinforcement of key skills

Junk Band

Composing and performing on recycled instruments

Year 5/6

Prog A

Ongoing Skills 

Reinforcement of key skills


Exploring lyrics and melody

Cyclic Patterns 

Exploring rhythm and pulse

Who Knows? 

Exploring musical processes

Year 5/6

Prog B


Exploring rounds and part-singing

Journey into Space 

Exploring sound sources and digital music

World Music Project

Researching and performing music from around the world

Stars Hide Your Fires 

Performing together