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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should 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.



At Bentley High Street we follow a broad and balanced music curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a music scheme from Kapow Primary that ensures progression of skills and covers all aspects of the music curriculum. Music is taught in blocks throughout each topic within the year to allow children to focus on the content in more depth and build on their skills.

Curriculum Implementation- Subject Content and Organisation Across School


To know a range of songs—jigsaw, Harvest songs, number songs—5 little monkeys swinging from a tree, 5 currant buns, 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish a life, 10 green bottles, 10 in a bed.

To know the ‘welcome everybody’ dance (Autumn Harvest)

To know the sounds of percussion instruments—tambourine, triangle, maracas and words to describe their sound.  

Year 1

Pulse & Rhythm: All About Me

Classical music, dynamics & tempo: Animals

Chanting & tuned percussion: Space

Vocal and body sounds: By the Sea

Timbre & rhythmic pattern: Fairy Tales

Pitch & tempo: Superheroes 

Year 2

Musical Me

Orchestral instruments: Traditional Stories

African call and response song: Animals

On This Island: British sounds & sounds

Myths and Legends

Dynamics, timbre, tempo & motifs: Space

Year 3

Creating compositions in response to an animation: Mountains

Developing singing techniques & keeping in time: The Vikings

Pentatonic melodies & composition: Chinese New Year

Traditional instruments & improvisation: Around the World: India



Year 4

Body and tuned percussion: Rainforests

Adapting and transposing motifs: Romans

Rock and Roll

Haiku, music & performance: Hanami

Samba & carnival sounds & instruments: South America


Year 5

Composing notation: Egyptians

South and West Africa

Looping & remixing: Dance music

Composition to represent the festival of colour: Holi

Changes in pitch, tempo & dynamics : Rivers

Musical Theatre

Year 6

Songs of WWII

Advanced rhythms

Transposition- pop art theme

Coast- Fingal’s Cave by Mendolsohn

Film music

Composing and performing a leavers’ song


Our children enjoy and value music and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of music in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.


Progress in music is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our music assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through;

  • looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge;
  • observing how they perform in lessons;
  • talking to them about what they know.


The music curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others.


Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the process leading to them.

For further information on our Music curriculum, please contact our Music lead Mrs Round. 


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