St Michael's CE Primary


Our aim is that children will gain a knowledge of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

We aim to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

The music curriculum is designed so that children students sing, listen, play, perform, improvise and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing collective worship.

The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.

The music curriculum also enables children to develop skills in playing tuned and un-tuned percussion. All children in Key stage 2 learn to play the steel pans. This is either in curriculum time or as after school enrichment. All children in Year 3 learn to play the recorder and Year 5 they progress to play the ukulele. Children take home their instrument to practice.

Children are taught musical notation, starting as rhythm grids and informal language. This progresses to children using correct Italian terms and then following music in a stave. They are taught how to record musical compositions on paper and using a computer programme.

Children are exposed to a wide variety of musical genres in our listening programme. These are carefully selected monthly listening pieces for children to listen to, appreciate and evaluate.

The curriculum sequence aims that by the end of Key Stage 2, children will have developed the ability to sing in tune and in time, keeping a steady beat. They will demonstrate an understanding of the seven elements of music and use these to dissect music that they listen to. They will have been exposed to a wide range of music, covering different genres, ethnicities, occasions and composers from early to modern music. Children will begin to place music they hear into a timeline.

All children will be able to play an instrument, giving them confidence and a sense of achievement. They have the opportunity to take this further if they so wish.

Children will be able to take part in musical performances and create music themselves.