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Safety, Learning, Respect- our three key values. Arlecdon primary School is proud to be part of the West lakes Multi-Academy Trust.


In Music, we have adapted a prepared scheme and this ensures that we cover all elements of the curriculum and build on learning on a yearly basis. We use Charanga  ( to help deliver music. As a school we highly value singing and this is supported in our weekly singing assemblies and other productions and events. We believe that having the opportunity to sing in unison as a community contributes to emotional and spiritual well-being. We also teach musical notation, even to our youngest students. 


Curriculum Intent- Music

At Thornhill and Arlecdon Primary School we believe that children should have the chance to develop creatively and to express themselves in a variety of ways. We believe that an appreciation of music and enjoying playing and singing music supports emotional wellbeing and relationships.

Our Early Years Curriculum enables children to explore and develop in knowledge and skill through themes. Music is a daily part of EYFS life, through songs and rhymes and experimenting with tuned and untuned instruments.

We aim for children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of the EYFS:

  • To listen to and enjoy a wide range of musical styles, showing their enjoyment by moving, singing or using instruments along to the music
  • Perform to a range of audiences
  • Make up their own songs or music to communicate their feelings and interests


We aim for all children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of Key Stage One:

  • Continue to enjoy a range of musical styles from different time periods, and describe the music using vocabulary such as ‘pop’, ‘rock’, ‘rap’, and ‘classical’
  • Perform to a range of audiences
  • Use their voices and other instruments to explore volume, pitch and tempo
  • Write their own simple compositions and make their own instruments to play


We aim for all children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of Key stage Two:

  • Continue to enjoy a variety of musical styles from a wide range of countries and traditions including the great composers, describing the music using vocabulary such as gospel, punk, soul, classical and choral, and comparing music from different traditions.
  • Use this appreciation of music to describe the history of music through time
  • Perform to a range of audiences, singing and playing along to music using instruments from around the world
  • Learn the notes of the treble clef, and use these to write down their own compositions, which they then perform


Early Years

Key Stage One coverage

Key Stage Two coverage

Dinosaurs, Pets, Jungle, space,

The weather, homes, woods and forests, polar areas, pond life, traditional tales

The Gruffalo, playing games,

Our village, fruit and vegetables,

People who help us, Kings and Queens,

Growing things, recycling, celebrations,

Seasonal pictures, Road safety,

Seaside, Holidays, vehicles, under the sea, mini-beasts, construction, castles, farms, trains, toys and games, water, traditional tales

Room on the Broom, Growing things,

Our bodies, India, making music,

Money and shopping, festivals, 

Seasonal pictures

Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience


Use percussion instruments which can be hit, plucked or shaken and choose appropriate instruments for their purpose


Learn and discuss volume, pitch and tempo- explore tuned instruments


Pictorial representation / notation for composed pieces


Listen to music from different time periods and discuss this, creating own similar pieces


Make own musical instruments


Listen to music with different genres- discuss and create own similar pieces


Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience including ones with several parts


Use tuned/ untuned instruments to accompany singing or other pieces of music


Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments


Listen to world music and explore the instruments used


listen to work of significant composers and comment on their style


Listen to different musical genres and compare: Early Music, Classical, Choral, gospel, opera, Jazz, blues, punk and country and rock, dance, hip-hop, gospel, soul