Curriculum Music


At St Michael's we believe that a high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.  Through our music provision children will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


Mrs Murray is the Curriculum Enrichment and Music Leader throughout the school. Curriculum music is linked to topics.  In both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, music is linked to topics and is taught by the class teachers.  In Key Stage 2, it is taught in the Music Room by Mrs Murray.


Our music curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including 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 make good progress.
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the elements: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation.

Look at the fun we have in the music room...






Year 3 Curriculum Music

Junk Percussion

In Year 3 we have enjoyed learning about junk bands.  We listened to bands like Weapons of Sound and discussed their music.  We explored our own junk percussion and discussed the different timbres.  We learned about pulse and rhythm.  We practised performing different rhythms by reading graphic notation.  We composed whole class junk music exploring different musical elements like dynamics, tempo, texture, duration, pitch and structure.  We then worked in groups to compose our own junk music using the skills we had been taught.  We finally composed rhythmic accompaniments to our favourite songs.  We had a lot of fun with the junk percussion.


Peter and the Wolf

We have also enjoyed learning about orchestral instruments.  We have learned about the orchestral families and discussed the different instruments in terms of their pitch and timbre.  We listened to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and discussed his use of different instruments to represent each character.  We also evaluated the music using musical vocabulary like tempo, texture, dynamics and pitch.  We worked in groups to compose our own music to represent the different characters in the story. At the beginning of our music lessons we always sing together.  We enjoy this time and we have been working hard on singing songs in several parts.  We take it in turns to be singing leaders.

Where The Wild Things Are

We listened to music from the film version of Where the Wild Things Are.  We improvised rhythmic accompaniments to The Rumpus, made masks and had our own rumpus in the music room.  It was very loud and lots of fun!  We listened to the song Worried Shoes and then worked in groups to compose our own music to reflect this part of the story.

Year 4 Curriculum Music

Classical Music - Famous Musicians and Composers

We listened to classical music from different historical periods and identified different orchestral instruments.  We discussed the music using musical vocabulary, describing the music in terms of the elements - pitch, beat, tempo, dynamics and structure.  We discussed how dance could reflect the musical elements in Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  We worked in groups to create dances.  We included unison, mirroring and canon.  We also composed our own music in response to Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  We thought about structure, texture, dynamics, pulse and rhythm.  They were great.