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What the National Curriculum requires pupils to be taught in Music at KS1:

- to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- to play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

What the National Curriculum requires pupils to be taught in Music at KS2:

- to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- to use and understand staff and other musical notations
- to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- to develop an understanding of the history of music.

EYFS: The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the National Curriculum as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than specific subject areas. Our EYFS Curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the educational programmes in the EYFS Statutory Framework (2021). This is outlined in our unique Curriculum Overview (see Long Term Plan). The Development Matters (2020) guidance offers a top-view of how children develop and learn. The table below sets out the Music developmental pathways in broad ages and stages - Three and Four Year Olds (EYFS 1), Reception (EYFS 2) and Early Learning Goals. These pathways have been selected as a ‘best-fit’ match to the programme of study for Music, and are key building blocks for children as they transfer their learning to the National Curriculum. The most relevant pathways for Music are taken from the following areas of learning – Communication and Language, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design.


At Alford Primary we believe in the power of Music.  We understand that it can help us to be happier and more creative, to express ourselves and work as part of a team.  We know that it can make us feel more confident, take pride in what we do and improve our self-esteem.

Our aim is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encouraging children to enjoy singing, listening, composing and performing, and providing all children with a variety of opportunities to take part in musical experiences both in school and further afield.

In line with the National Curriculum for Music and the Model Music Curriculum, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop an enjoyment of music
  • 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 reach their full potential
  • understand 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.

Whole School Overview of Music Units

More details about what children will learn during each unit of work can be found by clicking on the links below: