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At Scotch Orchard Primary School, music is taught throughout the school in discrete lessons. Class teachers focus on elements of performing and describing music and additional sessions, focusing on composing and transcribing music, are delivered by a music specialist. Our aim is to develop each child’s musical potential, giving opportunities for self-expression and creativity.  Instrumental tuition is available to all children in Key Stage 2 with pupil’s being taught in small groups by a visiting peripatetic instrumental tutor. Parents are required to contribute to the cost.  Children who play instruments are strongly encouraged to utilise their skill in school by joining the school orchestra and playing in concerts. We also have a well-established choir who take part in concerts throughout the year.


In addition, children in KS2 have whole class instrumental tuition. Year 3 are learning to play the recorder, Year 4 are receiving a full term's tuition on a brass instrument and Year 5 children are learning to play the guitar.


Pupils in Key stage 1 will be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Pupils in Key stage 2 will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music


Please follow the link below for further details of the National Curriculum for Music: 

Department for Education - MUSIC



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