Music Subject Leader: Mr S Mallinson


At Shorne C of E Primary School, our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate
  • Be taught to sing, create and compose
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.  

Children are given many opportunities to engage in a wide range of musical experiences, including listening, singing, performing, evaluating and composing across a diverse range of historical periods, cultural traditions, and genres. Our objective is to develop a love of music and inspire creativity and an appreciation of a wide range of styles. We are committed to ensuring children develop an appreciation of the cultural and historical importance.  

pupils in music lesson pratising drumming at shorne primary school
shorne primary school performing at trust choir concert as part of their music curriculum


Children participate in weekly class lessons and singing assemblies. The elements are taught as part of classroom lessons, enabling pupils to analyse how music is created. They also learn how to compose, focusing on the different dimensions which develop understanding when listening, playing or analysing. As part of the curriculum pupils is taught to play, perform, improvise, compose, listen to and appreciate.  

Each term a different decade is played at various times throughout the day, thus embedding an appreciation for music within the daily routine as well as enhancing their understanding of the history. Specialist teachers teach a range of instruments. Several choir clubs are run throughout the year, and children from both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are given the opportunity to perform at a range of concerts in collaboration, amongst others, Young Voices. Year 6 children have an opportunity to put on a production once a year.  


Children develop an understanding of the different components of musical structure and will be able to enjoy as a listener, creator or performer. They can identify different historical periods and discuss the similarities and differences of various genres. Children are confident when performing and develop a sense of achievement from being part of the school choir or production. 

pupils working together to make music on keyboard in shorne primary school

Music in Each Stage

Children learn music in the EYFS under the umbrella of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’. Children are taught to match instruments to their sounds, and use technical vocabulary to describe music. They clap rhythms and learn to move rhythmically, keeping time with music. They listen to a wide range of genres of music to develop an appreciation for the diversity and variety of music in the world. Children in EYFS learn a range of songs from memory and perform and sign together.

Children playing tamborines

Pupils will be able to:

  • Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions.
EYFS pupils making music

Pupils will be able to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music using the interrelated dimensions of music separately and in combination.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand the basics of the stave and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians and composers.
  • Develop an understanding of the history.
pupils at shorne primary school learning how to play drums in music lessons

Progression of Skills

Progression from Year 1 to Year 6


Curriculum Milestones (Year 1 to 6)



Teacher assessment is ongoing and forms part of our planning process in all subjects. Pupils’ attainment in all subjects is tracked 3 times per year against teacher assessment frameworks.

SEND Information

Interventions, support, and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. Learning is robustly and continuously monitored and assessed to ensure gaps in learning are addressed. Teachers and support staff offer adaptive teaching to enable access for all, and may provide scaffolds, pre-teaching, and other support and intervention, as outlined in the Kent Mainstream Core Standards. Pupils may also be supported to access learning through the use of Clicker software.

Music Resources