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St Michael's CofE Primary School

- Let Your Light Shine -


At St Michael’s School our curriculum reflects our school vision: Let Your Light Shine. We want all of our children to be excited and motivated throughout their time at our school, and to develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to make the best possible progress in their learning.


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. Children enjoy exploring and creating music together and have regular opportunities to do this on their journey from EYFS to Year 6. They build on their own skills and are given opportunities to progress at their own level. Children who learn an instrument are encouraged to bring them to curriculum lessons for composing and performing sessions.


Mrs Murray is the Curriculum Enrichment and Music Leader throughout the school. Curriculum music is linked to topics.  In both the EYFS 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. 


Intent, Implementation & Impact: Music

This outlines what the intent of our Music curriculum is and how we ensure children have access to and achieve this curriculum.

Progression of Skills

To inform planning and ensure progression we use:

EYFS:  Development Matters 21 ELG 

Y1 - Y6:  Both the C Quigley progression of skills and  Model Music Curriculum 21

 EYFS Update Progression of skills Oct 21 creating with materials.docxDownload
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 EYFS Update Progression of skills Oct 21 Being imaginative and expressive.docxDownload
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 St Michaels Whole School Progression of Key Skills in Music updated 2019.docDownload
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 Model Music Curriculum Summary of Progression.odtDownload
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Whole School Curriculum Music Overview

This outlines how we link music to topics and develop musical skills by exploring, creating, improvising, presenting and evaluating musical compositions.  

The Model Music Curriculum & St Michael's

This outlines how our Music Curriculum reflects the

Modal Music Curriculum

EYFS Lesson Examples for Infinity & Beyond Unit


We enjoy exploring, creating, improvising, performing and evaluating in music.  We enjoy working together.

Whole School Musical Knowledge Curriculum Overview

This outlines how we develop musical knowledge and understanding throughout the school and develop an appreciation and understanding of a wide range of music from different traditions, genres, styles & eras and from great composers and musicians. 

Medium Term Plans (linked to topics)

Example from EYFS - Year 6 

(Objectives linked to C Quigley/Model Music Curriculum

are specified on lessons)

Year 5 Lesson Examples for Ancient Greece Unit