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National Curriculum

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A highquality 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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.

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 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 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.


At Thameside Primary School, music is planned from the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 by our music teacher Dianne Sewell. Three music lessons every half term, and the resources needed, are provided for our teachers to implement. These lessons are all cross-curricular with our curriculum topics. As our foundation subjects are taught with a thematic approach our music lessons often make links with our learning in literacy, ICT, P.E, Art, P.S.H.E. and citizenship. During the year, at least one year group have the opportunity to learn how to play the guitar and perform in a concert fo their parents.

Our School Music Progression Maps:

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