Music – teaching and learning


Key Documents

Curriculum Map – MUSIC 2020-21

Key Learning in Music – 2020-21

Assessment Criteria – Foundation Music

Progression of Skills in Music

Music Policy 2020-21


Our Vision



At Monksdown Primary School, we want to create a passion for music in our children that will stay with them, we want to create a passion for music in our children that will stay with them in their future lives. We want to ensure that music is an inspiring and engaging experience that enables every child to develop their musical potential and develops an appreciation of the value of music that is deeply personal to them. We want children to have a curiosity for the subject and a respect for the role that music may play in any person’s life.


At Monksdown Primary, we endeavor to provide a variety of musical experiences through a curriculum which develops learning, improves knowledge and promotes pupil well-being through building up the confidence of all children.  Music can impact the way that children feel, think and act; we want music to encourage the body and mind to work together, develop motor skills and allow self-expression.




National Curriculum expectations, all children will be taught to:

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


At Monksdown Primary, we want the children to learn these key skills in an engaging and creative way and to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of genres throughout history.


The curriculum is delivered by class teachers using the a clearly planned and rich curriculum. This will be further emended this through further musical study and appreciation during performance and concerts.

Each unit follows a sequence of learning: listen and appraise, interrelated dimensions of music, singing, playing Instruments, improvisation, composition, perform and share. This approach ensures the children get a rich learning experience covering all aspects of music.

There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge to accompany each unit that sets out exactly how the children progress throughout the year and year on year.

In addition to this , children are given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments including Glockenspiels, Handbells, Recorders and Ukuleles.


As a result of our curriculum, children at Monksdown will:

  • have opportunities to listen to, engage with and develop an appreciation for music
  • learn to play tuned and un-tuned instruments and have opportunities to further interests through extra-curricular music activities
  • develop an understanding of a wide range of musical genres through engagement 
  • have opportunities to listen to live music through our specialist teachers and other experiences such as workshops and concerts


How parents can support their children

Encourage children to take music lessons and learn a musical instrument or/and how to sing
Encourage children to listen to a wide range of music – YouTube is a valuable resource
Encourage to engage in a musical activity inside or outside of school
Encourage children to attend concerts and to enjoy live music
Talk about music in the home – ask them to describe the style using musical vocabulary


Examples of Music 

Whole school: We all learned to sing ‘Down to the Allotment’ to celebrate our Harvest Festival.

Year 1: Lowrider – We have been learning how to speak and sing in time as well as use our moves to mimic car noises. We have learned to clap and play claves in time to a beat, and have learned to hold a ukulele the right way.


Year 3: Everybody Wants to Steal My Girl – We have been working on putting together the C chord and the easy F chord. Some of us can already do the full F chord.

Year 4: Best Day of My Life – We have been working on mastering switching between the C and F chord. We can also sing at the same time and add a rhythmic strum in the chorus.

Year 5: Symphony – We are nearing the end of our Ukulele units. We can fluently move between the C, F and Am chords, add rhythmic strumming patterns and sing at the same time! We have also tried playing 3 note chords on glockenspiel.

Year 6: Paperback Writer – We have begun to transfer our ukulele skills over to guitar, which has much closer strings than a ukulele. We have been learning to swap between a C and a G chord and play with a rhythm. We have also been singing in two parts!


We run a school production bi-annually. Our children work very hard and produce high quality performances to rival secondary schools!