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Mrs. E. Terry

Music Lead

Music is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and at Holbrook Primary School we provide a balanced programme of experiences to ensure that all children are actively involved in developing the skills of performing, composing, appraising, listening and applying knowledge and understanding.


Curriculum Intent

Holbrook Primary School uses a thematic curriculum which is based upon key literary texts and humanities topics. We realise that children learn best when the curriculum is well sequenced to enable revisiting of core knowledge, skills and understanding to deepen conceptual awareness before demanding application across the whole curriculum. The ‘Music Progression of Skills’ document outlines how the key skills are developed, revisited and built upon from EYFS to Year 6.


The teachers ensure that the learning is matched to the differing needs of all the children as well as specific groups,

such as SEND, pupil premium etc. Extra support is given and additional/adapted resources are provided to those children where it is required.



In EYFS and Key stage 1 the teachers use Charanga to focus on different musical styles and skill areas such as experimenting and playing tuned and un-tuned instruments, exploring rhythm and pulse and singing songs and chants. These plans are then adapted to fit into each class’s topics.

In Key Stage 2 the children will either be taught music by our music specialist Mrs Kerr, or by their own class teacher. The children will listen to music and learn songs linked to the class topic as well as compose music of their own using instruments/technology. The planning is adapted from the music schemes Charanga and SingUp.


The aims are:

  • To 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
  • To 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
  • To 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.


Children will present their work in the following ways:

  • Performances in class, which will be recorded (using a digital camera/ipad) and saved onto the school’s ICT network.
  • Classes are encouraged to present musical composition projects in assemblies.
  • Music work covered in class is displayed in class or around the school, as well in the pupils’ topic books.
  • Performances at Harvest & Remembrance assemblies, class assemblies, KS1 Christmas production, KS2 Carol Service, Choir trips eg SingUp/Snape Maltings, Band concerts, KS2 Concert at RHS and the KS2 productions.



Each teacher, or subject specialism teacher, assesses each child once a term on Target Tracker. Each child should make 6 band jumps within the year. Expected attainment is for each child to be SECURE in their year group band by the end of the summer term. Through the Annual Subject Leader Cycle the data is analysed and this informs teachers planning and improves the development of the curriculum with the support of the subject coordinator.

Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:

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


Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to :

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