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Music Curriculum Statement


A high quality Music education should enable children to develop a love of music, whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our aim is to provide a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and nurtures their talent as musicians. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills to sing in unison or in parts with others, play a range of instruments, both tuned and untuned, improvise using body percussion and vocals, compose their own music using graphic and standard notation, and listen and respond to a range of live and recorded performances. Underpinning all these skills should be the developing skill to understand the effect of the music they are listening to or composing.


Through our scheme ‘Music Express’ and other components from BBC Teach Ten Pieces, pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.

In KS2 children build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of Year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.

All children take part in weekly Singing Assemblies, during which the skills of singing are taught. We learn songs that support our assemblies and other key events, including Harvest, Christmas and transition to Secondary School.


At the end of KS2, we want our children to

  • Sing confidently with awareness of breathing, posture and sound projection and to sing more complex songs, including those in simple harmonies parts, with expression, clear diction and accurate pitching.

  • Play confidently, demonstrating musical quality and maintaining their own part where appropriate in a group performance.

  • Read and perform from a range of different notations.

  • Create and refine melodic and rhythmic musical improvisations in a variety of styles and genres.

  • Explore, select, combine and manipulate a range of different sounds, including technological, to create stylised compositions.

  • Compose rhythmic and melodic ideas within clear structures.

  • Use different notations to record and create.

  • Listen to and evaluate a range of live and recorded music from different traditions, genres, and styles and times, responding appropriately to the context.

  • Share ideas about own and others music and be willing to justify those.

  • Critique own and others’ work, offering specific comments and justifying these.

  • Understand the overall effect of playing with others.

  • Understand, explain and compile ideas when performing.

  • Ideas are refined by listening and musical preferences or changes in the composition are justified.


All children have a weekly singing assembly in separate key stages to allow for development of appropriate vocal skills with frequent opportunities to sing together and experience being part of a larger sound.


Our listening curriculum allows children to experience different genres every half-term throughout the year. The school focus allows for reflective conversations throughout the school and covers a range of music from different historical periods, genres, styles and traditions including great composers and musicians. Listening is also woven through musical units as an integral part of learning, allowing for active listening and development of aural memory.


Music lessons are rooted in sound and playing. Our music room is full of quality instruments which are used daily. Children use a wide range of tuned and untuned instruments during these lessons.

All children in Y4 experience learning an orchestral instrument for a year as part of their first access provision. Children experience instrumental skill lessons, improvising and composing with their instruments, listening to their instrument and performing as part of an ensemble in school.

Improvising and Composing

All musical learning involves creativity. Children improvise and compose their own music within every musical journey. They work in a range of different groups allowing for discussion, critical reflection while developing leadership and group skills.


Discussions around understanding are rooted in the musical elements and language associated with them. These discussions enable children to make links between their learning and build on prior knowledge.

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St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870