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National curriculum for Music. Programmes of study: Key stages 1 and 2

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. 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.


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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

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.            National Curriculum 2014


Music at St Jude’s

At St Jude’s we believe that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way our pupils feel, think and act. We aim to provide a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. The teaching of music will develop our pupil’s ability to perform, listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to build a foundation to make judgements of musical quality.

In the early years music is incorporated into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching the EYFS core curriculum.


In KS1 and KS2 pupils participate in weekly singing assemblies. During this time, we teach the children various songs in different styles which the children sing as a large group. This includes unison singing, singing in rounds and singing in parts accompanied by Mrs Crane on the piano. Every pupil participates in a weekly curriculum classroom music lesson with Mrs Crane our specialist music teacher.


Music planning

Music lessons are planned following the National Curriculum Music 2014 guidelines and are designed to be topic related using a creative cross-curriculum approach to compliment the classroom themes and seasonal celebrations. Planning lessons this way should help to develop all-round musicianship and enhance the learning of other subjects. Over the course of KS1 and KS2 the topic related music curriculum will cover KS1/KS2 key learning objectives and the inter-related musical elements of: Listening, singing, improvising, composing, playing and performing skills. Bringing the strands of music together, to develop the whole musicican. Music lessons will include playing classroom percussion instruments, Ukulele (KS1,2) Glockenspiels and Recorders (KS2) as appropriate.

The pupils will have opportunities to play to each-other and to the whole school during music concerts.


KS1 Key learning objectives:                                          KS2 Key learning objectives:

Rhythm and Pulse                                                             Descriptive sounds

Duration                                                                               Painting with sound

Exploring sounds                                                              Rhythm patterns

Pitch                                                                                       Pentatonic scales

Timbre, tempo and dynamics                                      Instrumental study (Recorder/Ukulele/Glockenspiel)

Instruments and symbols                                             Class orchestra


                                                                                               Major/Minor scales

                                                                                              Composer study/Orchestra preparation/Project

 Topic related musical elements chart



Opportunities for enriched musical learning

Children are given the opportunity to attend music clubs. Private instrumental lessons (on flute, clarinet and piano) Rocksteady ensemble group lessons are available from Year 2.

Choir is all-inclusive from Y2 to Y6, with opportunity to perform and learn songs in a range of styles with simple harmony lines.

•             St Jude’s Choir (Y2-Y6)

•          Ukulele ensemble/Recorder group (to be developed from Classroom lessons)

•          Opportunities to form a school/class band

•          Rocksteady lessons

Attendance at these clubs will also encourage self-confidence and performance skills for those children involved and aspiration for those children who watch the performances.


Performance opportunities

•             Spring instrumental solos concert,

•          Summer Rocksteady performance, KS2 production.

•          Autumn Christmas Nativity KS1, Harvest festival, Classroom music concert.

•          Celebrate special occasions for the Catholic Church with assemblies or Masses


Assessment in music

The assessment of music informs planning, monitors pupil’s progress and identifies individual pupils’ strengths and weaknesses in order to set appropriate targets.

Opportunities for assessment will include: -Listening, observing and questioning pupils. This may be done as a whole class activity, group activity, with a partner or individually. Assessments will in turn inform annual reports to parents.



IT is utilised within the scheme of work. Recording music using an iPad can provide evidence for evaluation and assessment.


Gifted and Talented

It is the responsibility of all staff to identify and meet the needs of gifted and talented children in music. The children will be identified and provision will include differentiation, extension and enrichment of curriculum, challenges, performance in the community and opportunities to attend music clubs. The children will have opportunities during music lessons to use their main instrument in order for them to reach their full potential.



Objectives can be modified if needed and adult or peer support will be given where appropriate. Additional resources will be provided and opportunities to work within groups will help to develop confidence and further musical skills.



The school has a variety of musical instruments including tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments and 24 new ukuleles, which can be found in the Rainbow room.