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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Crampton Primary School we engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


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.


All children have the opportunity to perform, this may take place during a class lesson, whole school assembly or during our seasonal events such as the Christmas Performances or Dance Festival.

Year Group and Subject Progression


 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 1To develop the ability to identify different sounds and to change and use sounds expressively in response to a stimulus.To discriminate between longer and shorter sounds, and to create interesting sequences of sound.To develop the ability to recognise and play rhythms from known songs with a sense of pulse.
Year 2To discriminate between higher and lower sounds and understand the soh / me interval.To develop the ability to recognise different ways sounds are made and how they can be changed.To develop the ability to read and play rhythm phrases confidently and explore mood of recorded music.
Year 3To develop the ability to create, rehearse and perform short descriptive composition and continue to extend rhythm and pitch understanding.To develop the ability to play simple rhythmic patterns and perform them from rhythm notation


To develop the ability to combine and perform rhythmic and melodic material as part of a class performance of a song


Year 4To develop the ability to recognise and use pentatonic scales and to work with 4 x 4 beat phrases


To develop the ability to create, perform and analyse expressive compositions and extend their sound vocabulary


To develop the ability to read rhythm notation and for children to adapt and perform playground songs

Year 5


To develop the ability to perform rhythmic patterns confidently and with a strong sense of pulse

To develop the ability to sing and play music in 2 parts and transfer known songs to tuned instruments


To develop a familiarity with keyboards, to introduce chords and for children to compose a soundscape

Year 6


To develop the ability to compose a song


To develop the ability to play known songs on keyboard with correct fingering.

To develop the ability to recognise the association of Western Classical Music with historic periods.


To develop children's ability to compose and improvise as part of a class piece