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Inspire, Endeavour, Achieve


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.

Impact – End of Key Stage Expectations


Expressive Arts and Design

ELG: Creating with Materials

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.

  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories. 

ELG: Being Imaginative and Expressive:

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher

  • 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. 

Key Stage 1

At the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

  • Play tuned and untuned 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.  

Key Stage 2

At the end of KS2, we want our children 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. 

St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870