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Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

Planning and Progression

Teaching and Learning Overview

Our whole school approach to music teaching and learning is in line with the recommendations of the National Curriculum and the requirements outlined in the Department for Education Languages Programme of Study for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.


The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:


"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.' 

It states that all pupils, "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."



Organisation and Delivery

At Smarden Primary School, our Music teaching provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the units of work, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others' music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. In some age 7–11 units the class ensemble can be extended using additional scores which are available for those children learning to play non-classroom instruments.


Our music teaching builds experience and develops understanding of the dimensions (elements) of music throughout the curriculum. Each unit has as its focus one process such as performance or composition, or one dimension, such as pitch, but the learning progresses within the context of all the inter-related processes and dimensions of music. A wide variety of notations, including picture, graphic, rhythm and staff notation are integrated, wherever appropriate, with practical music-making activities throughout the sessions. Notations are used progressively to promote understanding and use of the representation of sound in symbols by all children.


To ensure consistency and progression from EYFS through to Year 6, each unit of work will progress through the following stages:


  • Singing - focusing on fun warm ups, breathing techniques, posture, dynamics, phrasing, context and vocal health.
  • Listening - gaining a deeper understanding of how music is constructed and its impact on the listener.
  • Composing - gives the children the opportunity to contribute to musical culture in unique and valuable ways.
  • Performing - focuses on developing stagecraft, encourages peer feedback and encourages children to seek collaboration.



The Music Express scheme is a fully online resource enabling all teachers in all classes to have instant and continuous access to all the resources they need to teach whichever lesson they choose.