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At St Michael’s, Music is taught ensuring both skills and knowledge are developed.  We encourage the children’s interest in a wide range of musical genres, styles and traditions and we offer the children in Key Stage 2 the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument.


We believe that music can embody 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. (Adapted from the National Curriculum)


Aims and Objectives across the Primary Phase

  • Children will learn to perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

  • Children will learn to appraise music using the interrelated dimensions of music.

  • Children will learn to listen with attention to detail, review and evaluate music across range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.

  • Children will learn to create (through improvisation) and compose music on their own and with others; developing their understanding of the staff and other musical notations.

  • Children will learn to use music technology appropriately.

  • Children will experiment with and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

  • The children will engage with a variety of resources that will provide them with different opportunities to express their creative skills.


(Adapted from the National Curriculum)


School Music

Every week we have a whole school singing worship where all children are able to experience singing teaching for 20 minutes, from tradition Hymn to current music. We also have singing extra-curriculum activities, which the children can choose to be involved in (Little Singers for Foundation and Key Stage 1 and Choir of Key Stage 2).


As a school, we have two peripatetic music teachers who visit for teaching the violin, trumpet, cornet, clarinet and flute, which children in Key Stage 2 are able to opt to do.


Topics being covered this year







Exploring instruments, rhythms and song

Production Songs

Exploring genres

Sea Shanties


Year 1/2

Production Songs

Secret Garden Compositions


Year 3/4

Year 3 – learning the recorder

Year 4 – learning the guitar

Production Songs

Soundscapes linked to topic work (countries and the environment)

Year 5/6

Choral Singing

Learning tuned percussion

Creating/Composing soundscapes for different geographical locations in the Americas

Music throughout history

Production Songs