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 The children at St Mary’s are entitled to a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. It should also increase their self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement. As they progress, pupils should develop critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and listen with discrimination to the best of the musical canon.


It is our intent that music will enrich pupils’ lives and education as many of the skills are transferable across the curriculum. We intend to develop language and reasoning skills through music in addition to improving the skill of memorisation.


At St. Mary’s we will use the excellent resources of the Charanga School of music to help develop pupils’ musical abilities. Through the Charanga scheme the children are introduced to instrumental lessons. We currently focus on glockenspiels as we feel they are easily accessed by all pupils and offer a fantastic gateway into the understanding of wider music theory. 



The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:


  • Can sing and use their voices individually and in a group
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others
  • Use technology appropriately when composing
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
  • Listen to, review and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
  • Enjoy and have an appreciation of a range of different musical styles e.g. Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.
  • Use and understand musical language and include musical features in their own work
  • Make judgements about the quality of music
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments
  • Have different opportunities to take part in performances


Throughout the children's topics, the teachers will provide opportunities for the children to use the outdoor learning facilities and the world around them to deepen their learning


Reception music  – Summary of learning:

Musical learning focus for Terms 1 and 2: listening and responding to different styles of music, embedding foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music; listening to, learning to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs; improvising leading to playing classroom instruments;  share and perform the learning that has taken place.


Topics will vary depending on class interests. The curriculum shall build upon children’s progress within the prime areas of learning (C&L, PSED & PD) and the following specific areas:


Children in reception will be learning to:

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.


Autumn Term

Unit 2

Cross-curricular and topic-based focus: My Stories – explore -using your imagination; Christmas, Festivals, Fairies, Pirates, Treasure, Superheroes, Let’s pretend, Once upon a Time.


Spring Term

Unit 2

Cross-curricular and topic-based focus: Our World – explore - animals, jungle, minibeasts, night and day, sand and water, seaside, seasons, weather, sea, space.


Summer Term

Musical learning focus for Term 3:


Unit 1

Big Bear Funk – A Transition Unit:

1. Listen and Appraise

2.Musical Activities – learn about the interrelated dimensions of music through singing, improvising and playing classroom instruments.


Unit 2

Reflect, Rewind and Replay: consolidation of learning and contextualising the history of music.





Year 1 & 2 - Year A

Autumn 2- Rhythm in the way we walk & banana rap

Spring 2- Round & round 

Summer 2- Your imagination 

Year 1 & 2 - Year B

Autumn 2- Ho Ho Ho

Spring 2- Zoo time 

Summer 2- Friendship song

Year 3 & 4 - Year A

Autumn 2- Glockenspiel 

Spring 2- The Dragon song

Summer 2- Bringing us together

Year 3 & 4 - Year B

Autumn 2- Glockenspiel 

Spring 2 - Lean on me 

Summer 2- Blackbird

Year 5 & 6 Year A

Autumn 2 - Classroom jazz 1

Spring 2 -The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

Summer 2- Dancing in the street


Year 5 & 6 - Year B 

Autumn 2- Classroom jazz 2 

Spring 2 - You've got a friend 

Summer 2- Music and me