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Music should be an enjoyable experience for pupils and teachers. Children participate in a range of musical experiences, building up their confidence at the same time. They
develop their understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn how music is structured, as well as learning technical vocabulary for these elements. As children’s confidence builds,
they enjoy the performance aspect of music. Children experience listening to music from different cultures and eras.


Music is taught as a discrete subject but also across the curriculum, we use Charanga as a basis and support for music lessons. The units have been sequenced based on links to other curriculum subjects, time of year (special festivals or events) or as part of the scheme of learning. We have adapted the programme to create our own  two year plan – see link below.

Areas of learning, such as times tables in maths, vocabulary in languages and movement in dance can all incorporate different elements of music. A weekly singing assembly allows the children opportunities to develop their singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work. Performances, such as Christmas plays and nativities and end of year shows, demonstrate that music is important to the life of the school. Extracurricular activities, such as choir, Young Voices and peripatetic music lessons, also provide children with experience of making music.


In EYFS, children have opportunities to sing, explore sounds and dance and play to music. They learn how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns and match movement to music. Children might also have the opportunity to compose using a variety of musical instruments. Children will be able to perform their compositions in the spotlight stage area of the outdoor provision.


Children 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


Music Curriculum Map

Knowledge _ Skills – Year R

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 1

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 2

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 3

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 4

Knowledge & Skills – Year 5

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 6


Music Vocabulary Years 1–6


Music Lesson