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Welcome to the Music webpage. We hope this will keep you informed with what is happening in Music in our school.


Music Curriculum



Younger children (1st Year)

22 – 36 months

  • Joins in singing favourite songs
  • Creates sounds by banging, shaking, tapping or blowing
  • Shows an interest in the way musical instruments sound


Older children (2nd Year)

30 – 50 months

  • Enjoys joining in with dancing and ring games
  • Sings a few familiar songs
  • Is beginning to move rhythmically
  • Imitates movement in response to music
  • Taps out simple repeated rhythms
  • Explores and learns how sounds can be changed
  • Creates movement in response to music
  • Sings to himself/herself and makes up simple songs
  • Makes up rhythms



40 – 60+ months

  • Is beginning to build a repertoire of songs and dances
  • Explores the different sounds of instruments


Early Learning Goal

Sings songs, makes music and dances, and experiments with ways of changing them


Key stage 1

Pupils will be taught 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

Pupils will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.  

Pupils will be taught 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.


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