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(Taken from The National Curriculum in England 2014)



Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Through our music Programme of Study, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to , review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions including the work of the great composers and musicians.

  • Learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others , have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

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

Play tunes 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 interrelated dimensions of music.


Key Stage 2

Pupils should 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 interrelated dimensions of music.

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

Use 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.