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National Curriculum


Purpose of Study

A high quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.



The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

· Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians;

· Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence;

· Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


What we do in school

Ladywood scheme of work by year group



In KS1 we use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Year 2 experience specialised teaching from PADS in percussion, experimenting with a range of instruments.


Year 3/4

We listen to lots of different examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. We learn to sing, use our voices and compose music with others. In our Tudor topic, we listen and dance to Tudor court music and in our rainforest topic we recreate the sounds of the rainforest using a variety of musical instruments. We also begin to learn how to use notation to describe our own compositions.


Year 5/6

Children experience specialised teaching from PADS in percussion, experimenting with a range of instruments. We work as a solo or as an ensemble, learn control and expression, use musical notation and improve and compose music. We listen to a range of music, both live and recorded and develop an understanding of the history of music, including great composes and musicians.


Whole school

The children sing together once a week for a special singing assembly. The school produces a variety of concerts throughout the year including a traditional nativity concert, Christmas panto, Xmas Factor as well as performances led by our music teacher Mr Townend. The school also takes a choir to perform at the local church as well as other community venues such as a home for the elderly.


What parents and carers can do to help their child

· Sing songs, chant rhymes and raps;

· Listen to music, encouraging your child to join in with the rhythm and to compose their own rhythms;

· Make junk instruments with your child using old tubes, boxes, rice and pasta.

· Play tuned and untuned instruments;

· Encourage the pursuit of particular interests in music and the playing of an instrument;

· Encourage an interest in a range of music.