Music Curriculum Overview

Music 1Aims

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 

Music 2Music 3  Music 4





At The John Moore Primary School, we aim to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of music to include the development of an understanding of the elements of music: pitch, dynamics, duration, tempo, timbre, texture and structure. Furthermore, we aim to encourage self expression through    music and to develop an awareness of the music of ours and other cultures including an awareness of a  variety of musical styles.

We work with the children to develop a range of musical skills including: listening, appraising, composing, interpreting and memorising.  At JMPS, we believe the opportunity to be able to play a  musical instrument is very important to a person’s development and we also try to develop familiarity with a range of musical instruments. As part of their musical understanding, children are encouraged to explore how music can create moods and feelings, and provoke an emotional response. At JMPS, we  develop the children’s social skills via group composition and performance.

We use the ‘Musical Express Scheme of Work” as a basis for most of our music teaching. Through our long term planning we link the scheme to topics where relevant. In some topics we use additional teacher material to ensure that children receive the best opportunities possible. Where there are excess activities within a scheme lesson, the crucial objectives and activities have been highlighted. During Year 3 and 4, children spend one term learning the recorder and one term developing their skills with tuned percussion instruments such as xylophones and glockenspiels. Teachers plan from our music scheme. Where the scheme is used, copies of the unit overview with crucial learning outcomes is sufficient. For other music work teachers plan using the medium term planning sheets.