Primary National Curriculum - Music

Music Curriculum Map

Curriculum Milestones - MUSIC


Music is a universal language that connects us all across the globe affecting the way we feel, think and act. Through our high-quality music experiences we engage and inspire pupils to develop their musical talents and to widen their appreciation and love of music in its many and varied forms. We aim to develop pupils’ self-confidence, creativity, emotional connection and sense of achievement through performance, composing, listening and personal expression. 



In Early Years, discriminating sounds in the environment, instruments and body percussion are key aspects to literacy development along with rhythm, rhymes and vocal sounds. Expressive Arts and Design include singing entire songs, with increasing accuracy of matching pitch, making music and performing solo or in groups. Pupils explore music with increasing concentration including music from a range of cultures. 


In Key Stage 1 pupils use their voices expressively and creatively singing songs, speaking chants and rhymes. They play a range of different tuned and untuned instruments musically creating, selecting and combining sounds. They begin to understand the need for recording or simple notation. We enrich the Year 2 pupils’ musical experiences with a series of lessons to learn to play the violin. They listen to and appraise a range of high-quality music from a variety of different cultures. 


In Key Stage 2 pupils sing and play instruments with increasing confidence and control developing their understanding of musical composition and structure and complexity. Pupils play instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency and expression improvising, composing and performing music within a range of purposes and audiences. They learn to use and understand staff and other musical notation. Pupils listen to and appraise a variety of high-quality music drawn from different traditions and composers from history to the present day.

We use Charanga Music School resources to support and enhance our music provision. 



Pupils’ positive experiences in music foster a memorable connection that filters into lives beyond the school walls. Pupils can confidently talk about music using appropriate vocabulary and increasing nuance when evaluating their own work and that of their peers and other musicians. Their work is valued and celebrated in performances to different audiences in and out of school and via our school website.