Why is Music important? 

At St Anthony’s Primary School we value music as a subject because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, sensitivity and fulfilment. 

We aim to provide all pupils with the opportunity for:

  • a creative response to the arts through experimentation and activities that develop the arts concepts and skills successively;
  • an awareness of different cultures and traditions through expression in music lessons;
  • an understanding of a wide range of styles;
  • experiencing personal satisfaction through making music, performances and presentations together, to develop the skills necessary to achieve the highest possible standards in this activity;
  • treating each child as an individual, because each one of us is different, while recognising that individuals must learn to work together;
  • creating an environment and providing a curriculum which enables individual children to learn at their own pace to fulfil their potential, by engaging children in making and responding to music.

When is Music taught?

Music is taught through thematic units. The Whole-school Overview below maps out which thematic units feature this subject and the Long-term Plans for each phase clearly show the objectives taught:  

Pathfinders Music Overview (Y1 and Y2)

Adventurers Music Overview (Y3 and Y4)

Navigators Music Overview (Y5 and Y6) 

How is Music taught?

The music teacher ensures lessons are relevant to the thematic unit for each half term. The lessons are taught both by the music teacher as well as the class teacher during the topic lesson.

Music is taught through a combination of subject knowledge and composing, performing, listening and appraising skills.   

Who do we learn about in Music?

We learn about a range of famous composers from history, such as J.S. Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov. We also learn about more contemporary composers, such as Andrew Lloyd-Webber. 

What do we learn about in Music?

Each phase is broken down into these core outcomes. 

Foundation stage (Nursery and Reception)

  • Will experiment with instruments
  • Sing simple songs with actions
  • Work creatively with sound
  • Listen and recognise sounds
  • Distinguish between dynamics, pitches and tempo’s
  • Regular chances to show their learning through photographs and videos

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)       

  • Will use call and response
  • Name percussion instruments fluently
  • Listen and Appraise
  • Use elements of music
  • Choose sounds for purpose
  • Perform with others
  • Follow simple notation
  • Regular performances and recordings of the children’s work

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

  • Will evaluate their own performances with view to improve on them
  • Play tuned and unturned percussion instruments
  • Perform in part singing

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

  • Follow a simple score
  • Perform musical extracts
  • Compose using ICT
  • Regular performances/ recordings and evidence of children’s work

Gifted and Talented

  • Individual and small group focus on a project
  • Extra support for outside agencies to continue the talent
  • Technique work to improve individuals
  • Scrutiny of work to ensure the best can be produced
  • Analysis of skills to guarantee children can progress through to the next level
  • Extended performances to audiences to improve performance skill