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The Music Curriculum

Throughout KS2 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

Music is central to the creative life of the school and is taught by a specialist music teacher, Mrs Wells.


Reception follow their own EYFS scheme for music where the children sing traditional songs and learn the basics of music making


Key Stage 1 follow a scheme that incorporates parts of the Jolly Music scheme. 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 from simple melodies to chords. They listen to music from a range of genres 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.

Together we learn,together we grow, with faith, love and God beside us