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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.


What we believe for our curriculum


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. When planning music, teachers refer to the ‘Music Progression of Skills’ document which outlines how the key skills are developed, revisited and built upon from Year 1 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. During music lessons, extra support is given and additional/adapted resources are provided to those children where it is required.


How we put our aims into daily practice


In EYFS and Key stage 1 the children focus on different musical styles and skill areas such as experimenting with and playing tuned and un-tuned instruments, exploring rhythm and pulse and singing songs and chants. 


In Key Stage 2 the children are taught music by one of our music specialists, Mrs Kerr or Mrs Terry. The children listen to music and learn and perform songs linked to their class topic, as well as compose music of their own using instruments/technology.  In Years 3 and 4 the children spend a term learning to play the glockenspiel and the recorder, incorporating how to read music on a stave.  


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.


Each teacher, or subject specialism teacher, assesses every 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.


We are successful because


At Holbrook Primary, children are continually showing their enthusiasm for music by presenting their work in many ways, including:

  • Performances in class, which will be recorded (using a digital camera/ipad) and saved onto the school’s ICT network.
  • Classes present musical composition projects and performances of songs during Tuesday's singing assemblies.  Individuals who learn instruments are also invited to perform to the school in these 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.  

Performances/workshops 2019 - 2020 : 


Harvest assembly 

Blind Veterans Choir visit and perform to Yrs 5 & 6

Year 6 perform to the residents at St Mary's Care Home

KS1 Production

December 18th - KS2 Carol Service


February 26th - Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra assembly

March 4th - Choir and Band perform in Celebration 2020 at Snape Maltings



Music golden nuggets.