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Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

Impact - what are the outcomes for Music at Smarden


The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.




EYFS - Expressive Arts and Design

            Being Imaginative and Expressive

Children can:

  • Sing a range of well known songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others and (when appropriate) try to move in time to music.



Children can:

  • 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.



Children can:

  • 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.



Evidence of Teaching & Learning and Transition at End of Key Stage


Each class will produce a portfolio of learning within each unit of music teaching.  This will include whole class and individual photos, videos and notes from each session, commenting on the learning taking place.  Children's notations will also be included, along with evidence of vocabulary used and understood throughout the learning process.


These portfolios will then be passed on to the next Key Stage teacher and will support with transition.


Assessment of Pupil Learning & Progression

Two forms of assessment will be used both during and at the end of every unit:

  1. Peer and self-assessment ‘I can do…’ discussions and annotations used as an ongoing development and assessment tool throughout each session.
  2. More detailed skills based assessments using bespoke skills assessment trackers (available from the Music Express resource bank). This form of assessment enables us to determine the learning and progression of all pupils in the key music learning skills as well as monitoring their progress against the attainment targets stipulated in the programme of study.


Monitoring and evaluation


The Subject Leader monitors the effectiveness of the music teaching provided throughout the school via regular observations with feedback given to teachers delivering music lessons. The Subject Leader and class teacher will together monitor the learning and progression made by pupils across the key stage.


The Subject Leader will encourage, and support with cross curriculum music provision wherever possible.  In school performances such as choir clubs, theme days incorporating cross curricular subjects with the Arts, Christmas and end of year performances and singing presentations at school events will be highly encouraged and supported by the Subject Leader.  In addition to this, performances within the local community will be greatly encouraged and supported/organised by the Subject Leader such as: the choir performing at the local care home, Christmas carol concerts and choir performances in collaboration with other schools.  We also aim to attend the Young Voices performance at the O2 each academic year.  All of which will comply with the most recent Covid-19 government guidelines.


All data, ranging from evidence of classroom teaching to individual pupil skills reports, is securely stored on a password protected database. This can be accessed by class teachers, the Subject Leader and SLT so all key stakeholders can evaluate delivery, performance and progress. This data can be presented to parents at parent-teacher meetings and will also be used to ensure the Music SEF is updated as appropriate.