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Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. 
Music education should engage and inspire children to develop their love of music and talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. To be able to perform and compose music, listen critically and have some knowledge of musical history and traditions.

As well as “class lessons” linking elements of music to their topics, all the children are given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder in Year 3 and experience of playing percussion instruments throughout the school. Ukulele is taught within KS2.  
In Key Stage 2 children are able to take up either woodwind or brass lessons and join the school band. In addition, we now offer drumming lessons throughout the school.

Music at St Anne’s C of E (A) Primary School

(What does Music look like at St Anne’s School?)

Music is fully inclusive to every child. Music provides all the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

Our intentions are to:

Fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music, provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills across the whole school.

Our curriculum enables children to listen to, observe and record from first-hand experience as well as from their imagination. Through studying Music as part of meaningful projects, the children are able to develop an appreciation of Music through listening, responding and active participation in musical activities. They will also be able to develop a knowledge of significant musicians and composers, increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of music in different times and cultures and increasingly analyse works using the language of music. Children analyse composers work and musical styles from Reception to Year 6. Our curriculum allows children to develop their competence in controlling the sound that tuned and un-tuned percussions makes, acquire specific knowledge and become proficient in various musical techniques and processes.

(How is Music, implemented at St Anne’s C of E (A) School?)

Teaching of Music in the Foundation Stage:

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. All activities will provide elements of learning from the Prime Areas (PSED, Physical Development, Communication and Language) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world, Expressive arts and design) of learning. This provision links to the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Music, beginning in Key Stage 1. Activities are also planned to enable children to develop their own Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Playing and Exploring (engagement) - Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, be willing to have a go.

Active Learning (motivation) - Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and Thinking Critically (thinking) - Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things

Pupils explore and use a variety of instruments and stimulus materials, through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances.
  • Explore the different sounds of instruments.
  • Select appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • ELG: Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • ELG: Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original   ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts  and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Teaching of Music in Key Stage 1:

Pupils are taught:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned 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 inter-related dimensions of music.


Teaching of Music in Key stage 2:

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils are taught:

  • Whilst in school, children have opportunities to forge their own musical journey, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They can discuss music and comprehend its parts. They can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group and they can further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives.
  • Information is gathered through pupil questionnaires, highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded.
  • Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the national curriculum and our Music progression of skills framework. Thus identifying the level in which the child is working. Moreover, children in Foundation Stage are assessed within the Expressive Arts and Design specific area of development and their progress is tracked termly.
  • Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.
  • 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.



Children have the opportunity to join the school choir from Year 2. The choir sing a range of songs over the year and find opportunity to perform at a variety of events - local concerts, Stadium Performance - Young Voices as well as perform for local events eg) local nursing homes


Hymn Practice 

​​​​​​​The children come together to practice gyms that we sing together in collective worship.


(What is the impact of the Music curriculum on the children at St Anne's (A) Primary School?)

Teachers will feel confident in teaching Music through relevant CPD/lesson observations/learning

walks/feedback/clear routines/using the Music progression of skills framework for their year group,

through the use of Charanga. Teachers will assess Music throughout each unit of work and will use

assessment to inform planning, which is specific to the children’s emerging needs in order to ensure all

children receive high quality teaching. They will be supported in their delivery through the services of the LA Aspire service with trained musicians carrying out specific elements of the curriculum delivery.


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