Music is a unique way of communicating. It can inspire and motivate children and it is a vehicle for personal expression.  We believe that teaching music helps the body and mind work together, and we believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential.  Music plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop their skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements about musical quality.  


At St Mary’s we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, in lessons and worship, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer, and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach children to make music together. They will develop the craft of creating melodies and fashioning these into short pieces.


St Mary's First School delivers a broad and balanced music curriculum, in line with national requirements, which enables pupils to:

* 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 use their voices.

* Create and compose music on their own and alongside their peers.

* Have the opportunities to learn a musical instrument, use technology properly and 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.

* To develop links with the local community through providing opportunities for shared musical events.

* To develop self-image and self-esteem through participation in musical performances. Music is taught by Mrs Baxter, our specialist teacher from Entrust. She teaches singing, untuned and tuned percussion and recorders in KS1, and singing and ukelele in KS2. Children are also encouraged to perform beyond the National Curriculum - St Marys school choir, Sing & Sign club, St Mary's Got Talent, church worships and in various events and opportunities throughout the school year.


By the time children leave our school, at the end of Year 4, they will:

* they will be able to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance works.

* they will understand what it means to be a musician and will have had opportunities to feel like a musician.

This will be evident through;

* A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music.

* A good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.

* A good understanding of how to engage with music, using their skills of composing, performing and critiquing in their musical development.

* The ability to give verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.

Music is taught by Mrs Baxter, our specialist teacher from Entrust.  She teaches singing, untuned and tuned percussion, recorder and ukelele.

KS1, and singing and ukelele in KS2. Children are also encouraged to perform beyond the National Curriculum  -  St Mary's school choir,  Sing & Sign club, St Mary's Got Talent, St Mary's Soiree, church worships and in various events and opportunities throughout the school year.

Music Vocabulary

Music Policy 2024-26