Our Vision for Music

Our music curriculum aims to provide all students with a high-quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. Modelled on the National Curriculum, we offer opportunities for students to develop their talents in all aspects of music including listening, appreciation, singing, playing, composing, improvising and performing.

➢ Students will develop an ability to listen to, and appreciate a wide variety of music, including different styles, periods and cultures

 ➢ Students will have opportunities to explore and express ideas and feelings about music, in a variety of ways

➢ We will encourage active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using voice and instruments

➢ We will nurture a sense of group identity and togetherness through composing, rehearsing and performing music with others to an audience

➢ We will help students develop self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment through music

➢ We will develop students’ awareness and understanding of music from a variety of styles, periods and cultures

➢ We will enable all students to access to and develop an enjoyment of music which will sustain through their lives

Long Term Plan

You can view or download our Whole School Music Long Term Plan by clicking the link below. At Ropery Walk Primary School we use the musical scheme Charanga.

Music LTP – 2023 – 2024

Children in EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 are taught through Charanga. Children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 are taught brass by our Music Specialist, Mr Hind. They will have the opportunity to learn to play either the cornet, trumpet or baritone.  This is detailed in the Long Term Plan above. Skills and progression for each Year group is detailed below and also in our LTP.

Music is also integrated through lots of our curriculum. Songs and singing can be found in family services and festivals such as Harvest, Easter services and Christmas performances. As well as this, some Key Stage 2 children are taught additional music lessons such as guitar.

Musicians Across the School

Children are exposed to a wide range of music across the school. Songs have been selected from the Non-Statutory Guidance for Year 1 – Year 6. Please see below.

Musicians across the school pdf


Skills and Progression Documents

Knowledge _ Skills – Year R

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 1

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 2

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 3

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 4

Knowledge Skills – Year 5

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 6

Music Mark Award

We are very proud that we have been awarded a music mark to recognise the high quality music education we provide for our children.

Curriculum Aims


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

* 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

* 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

* 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.


Pupils should be taught to:

* 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


Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Pupils should be taught to:

* 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.

Music Policy

Please find our music policy attached below.

Music Policy 2023