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The Music Curriculum

To fulfil the National Curriculum requirements at both stages, Ashgate Primary School children will be given the knowledge, skills and understanding to:


Key stage 1 focus:


  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned 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 focus:


  • 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.


Our school uses an interactive Charanga Music School scheme of work as the basis for its curriculum planning. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the progression planned into the Charanga scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

Our 'units of work' are divided into 6 steps, which are delivered over a half term. The activities cover the musical dimensions, (formerly elements - pulse, rhythm, pitch,etc) through singing and playing instruments, listening and creating music - all intrinsically linked through a central song or piece. 

 Our music planning is geared to three aspects of progress:


  • Increasing breadth and range of musical experiences;
  • Increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities;
  • Increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in the children’s music-making.


  1. Early years foundation stage



As well as following the Charanga Music School scheme of work in Early Years Foundation Stage, children learn rhymes and songs in the classroom. Teachers plan activities to enable children to experience activities and support achievement within the Early learning goals as stated in the Expressive Arts and Design element of the Early Years outcomes document. Children experience a range of activities including listening, singing, rhythm, exploring different sounds and playing percussion instruments. Counting songs foster a child’s mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world.