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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 listen to and appraise music, and learn and perform a range of songs, as well as compose music of their own using instruments/technology.  


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, music is taught in every class by either their class teacher or by our music specialist, Mrs Kerr.  Children in Key Stage 2 are given opportunities to make music outside of the classroom through joining our successful choir, band or by learning the violin, guitar or ukulele with our peripatetic music teachers. 

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. 


COVID-19 addendum : according to government guidelines, children are currently not allowed to sing in groups of more than 15 children unless it is done outside with appropriate social distancing measures, therefore whole-class singing in the classroom, whole-school singing assemblies and choir practices will not be taking place until these guidelines have specified that this is possible.  

Class bubbles are currently not allowed to integrate with each other, and therefore extra-curricular activities such as band and instrumental lessons are only able to be run with one year group at a time.

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.

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