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Welcome to our Music page! Here is our Music Rationale

Here is our Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact statement for Music

Here is our progression map for Music:

Our Music Curriculum Overview Addendum 2020 in light of COVID-19

At Priestsic Primary School, children are encouraged to develop their ability to communicate through music, both  with instruments and vocally. Pupils study music to develop a knowledge and understanding of it, but also a love and appreciation of it too. We want our music lessons to be active, whether that be listening, composing or performing. We want our pupils to be able to express themselves through music, enabling them  to engage with the social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of the curriculum on a regular basis. Our pupils are taught about and encouraged to appreciate a wide variety of music styles, genres and cultures through their study of music across school.


Foundation Stage:

Children are given opportunity to play a variety of percussion and tuned instruments and are introduced to instruments from different cultures. The children can explore these instruments freely and also under a more structured environment. Early work on listening skills, rhythm and singing are at the heart of our music curriculum in our early years.  We use phonological awareness and develop our vocabulary as well as develop a love of music and singing. 


Key Stage One:

In Key Stage One we continue our music studies following the Charanga learning progression but make it bespoke to our particular setting.  We play simple pieces of music and learn to recognise musical elements such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture. We  begin to learn simple notation skills and create musical effects to poems, stories and songs. We love to put a soundscape to a story we have been reading or provide the soundtrack to a piece of drama!

The children love  to perform in front of an audience and in class too. We sing regularly and can often be heard singing one of our teachers' favourites!  Music is taught as a discrete subject but is also taught to create joined -up learning experiences for our children. We studied Africa and learnt Kye Kye Kule,  an African call and response song. We learnt to sing about the guards on duty at Buckingham Palace and marched too when learning about London!

The children are taught about of different types of music and the instruments being played through listening, appraising and participating. They talk about their own responses to music and show these through talk, drawing and movement. 

On of our favourite parts of the year is our Christmas performance which allows us to engage in singing for purpose and enjoyment.


Key Stage Two:

Our children have made strong ties to the local community through their work with Sutton Academy. Our pupils are taught singing on a weekly basis with the intention of sharing and celebrating their work with parents through short performances at the end of the school day. To cement these ties our Year 6 pupils are also invited to watch the annual school performance at Sutton Academy and will often learn a selection of songs from the play so that they are included in the rehearsal and performance process.


Appreciation of music is developed by providing extensive listening materials, thereby leading to a greater awareness of styles, cultures, historical periods and composers. The children learn how music can communicate moods and ideas. They are encouraged to develop their skills with percussion instruments both tuned and unturned, and to evaluate their compositions. The children have opportunities to develop their I.T. skills using a variety of music packages.


Finally, the children sing at least once a week in assembly allowing them to engage in singing for purpose and enjoyment. Also the children are able to use their musical skills and develop their confidence by performing productions each year to the parents where they sing solos, duets, in groups, sing in rounds, dance and play instruments. Special singing assemblies take place on a weekly basis in which all of Key Stage learn and sing a variety of songs, including songs of cultural interest and heritage.



The school has an excellent choir, consisting of children from all years groups across Key Stage 2 which is run weekly after school. These children perform in various venues throughout the local community, including theatres, hospitals and churches. The choir have secure links with the family of schools via Sutton Academy due to their regular involvement in concerts and local events. Extra music opportunities are provided by the school with specialist music companies, such as Travelling by Tuba, Samabawamba, Fine Tuning and Steel Drums coming in providing concerts and workshops to widen the children’s musical experiences.

Children in Key Stage Two have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder or ukulele and ‘Showcase’ their learning at our learning cafes.


Please keep checking back on this page to stay updated on all things musical at Priestsic!

To help widen and deepen our knowledge and understanding in Music, we have a whole school composer of the month . Take a look at our learning so far!  :-)

Our Composers of the Month:

Music Portfolio


Please see our evidence for each Music National Curriculum Programme of Study below

EYFS - Musical Development Matters 

Aspects of learning include:

Hearing and Listening

Vocalising and Singing

Moving and Dancing

Exploring and Playing

F1's Music display and inviting Music area.

F1 had fun learning about Bob Marley as part of Black History Month and played instruments to his song Iron Lion Zion!

F1 enjoyed singing Christmas songs and playing instruments on the outside stage!

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F1 enjoyed dressing up and retelling the Christmas Story through songs.

F1 and F2 enjoyed watching and dancing to a Live Stream irock Christmas Concert! They clapped along and played air guitar too! It really got them into the Christmas spirit! :-)

EYFS: Expressive Arts and Design - Using and Exploring Media and Materials

40-60 months: Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.

EYFS: Expressive Art and Design - Being imaginative

40-60 months - They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music and dance.

Being Musical in F2

F2 Music Home Learning - We love to sing everyday too!

KS1 - Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
KS1 - Play tuned and untuned instruments musically

Year 1 had fun singing and playing tuned and untuned instruments to the beat, then to the rhythm of 'Hey You!'

KS1 - Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

Year 2 Music sessions:

Year 2 have been listening and appraising the Christmas song 'Ho, Ho, Ho' by Joanna Mangona and Jane Sebba.  They have had fun adding instruments to the song and are going to add some sign language next.

Year 2 joined in with the live stream iRock Christmas concert too and wrote about what they enjoyed about it on speech bubbles.

 Other pupil voice quotes include:

"It was good, there were lots of instruments and I liked the drums." (GG)


"It made me feel happy."(EB)


"They played the song my mummy likes 'Last Christmas'." (DL)


"I felt happy, I liked 'Dance Monkey' and I danced to it." (OC)


"I liked that there were lots of songs, my favourite was 'Believer'." (MM)

Year 2 have been listening to and appraising 'Carnival of the animals'.

Year 2 have been learning about our composer of the month - Stevie Wonder.

KS1- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Year 1 have had fun in Music, clapping rhythms and playing instruments to the rhythm of ‘In the groove’.

KS2 - Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression



In Year 3, Mrs Barringer's class have been very lucky this term and have had a music teacher in to teach them how to play the ukulele. We ended our sessions by performing a piece in our groups to the class. It was lots of fun!

Choir have been practising after school for their performance!

KS2 - Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

Children attending during school closure created a 'Priestsic Lockdown Soundscape'

KS2 - Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

Year 5 have enjoyed listening and appraising their own choice of music. Here are some samples of their home learning:

KS2 - Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Year 5 have been learning about musical notes and their values. Here are some samples of their home learning:

KS2 - Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
KS2 - Develop an understanding of the history of music.