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St Nicholas Church of England Primary School


Throughout Key Stage 2 children will study the history of Western Music:

Year 3 - Medieval

Year 4 - Renaissance and Baroque

Year 5 - Classical and Romantic

Year 6 - 20th Century

At St Nicholas, we aim for every child to: - 

  • Experience a high-quality music education which will engage and inspire them to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians
  • increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement through 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
  • Sing and to use their voices
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • Play the keyboard using both melodies and chords
  • Play the ocarina in Key Stage 1
  • Follow standard music notation
  • Use Garage Band on the ipads to compose music
  • Have knowledge of specific musical vocabulary

Teaching and Learning

Songs and music are incorporated into the EYFS curriculum for Reception. They also have a weekly music lesson where they learn the beginning of music making from a scheme adapted from Jolly Music.

This specially adapted scheme is then continued into Key Stage 1. The children are actively involved in singing, moving to music, listening and responding with movement and percussion. Key Stage 1 children all learn to play the ocarina.

Key Stage 2 follow a "sing, play or explore, listen" structure each lesson. Their learning involves all children learning to play the keyboard. They listen to music from a range of genres and cultures and learn the history of Western music throughout their time in Key Stage 2.

As well as music lessons, each key stage has a sung worship session where they rehearse the worship songs sung in assemblies.