St Thomas More Primary Music Curriculum

We aspire for our music curriculum to provide a high-quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a love of music, their talent as a musician, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music lessons should predominately be active, practical experiences with children learning about music through making music themselves. It is a practical and creative expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings.Β 

Our curriculum intent is for children:

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.

To learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

To 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.

How this will be achieved:

To ensure full coverage, Music Express is used which creates continuity and progression in the teaching of music. Key Stage 1 have First Thing music sessions once a week, Year 4 learn how to play the recorder and Year 5 learn how to play the guitar with Tees Valley Music.Β 

As a result of our music curriculum, children will:

  • Make progress from their individual starting point and most children reach end of year expectations.
  • Be provided with opportunities to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Foster a love for music, creativity and exposes children to opportunities to create, play music.