At St Clement’s Catholic Primary School, the teaching of Music has been carefully considered to enable our pupils to become confident musicians in a range of areas. We strive to enable our pupils to become skilled and confident musicians. Our curriculum aims to provide the children with a secure understanding of music through singing, listening, performing, and composing. We are dedicated to fostering a passion for the subject as well deepening the children’s knowledge and skills in music. We are committed to developing our musician’s creativity, confidence, and appreciation of music in a balanced and non-judgemental way.

At St Clement’s, we follow the Kapow Music Scheme. The Kapow Progressive Skills Document maps out objectives for each year group to ensure our pupils are given the acquired skills and knowledge the further their education journey into KS3.

Our aim is to provide inclusive and aspirational environments and learning experiences where pupils thrive and build the cultural capital, they need to make aspirational choices about their own futures, overcoming any barriers.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills for music through a thematic approach outlined in our EYFS Curriculum for Expressive Arts and Design (see EYFS Curriculum). They also have weekly lessons using a published scheme, Kapow.

What our pupils will learn in KS1 and KS2 (Intent)

By the end of key stage 1, pupils will:

  • 1. Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • 2. Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • 3. Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • 4. Experiment with, create, select, and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.

By the end of key stage 2, children will:

  • 1. Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control, and expression.
  • 2. Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • 3. Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • 4. Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • 5. Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • 6. Develop an understanding of the history of music.
  • How our pupils will be taught Music in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Implementation)

    In Key Stage 1, the music curriculum is taught in discrete weekly lessons. Music and singing are also used to enhance other curriculum areas.

    In Key Stage 2, the music curriculum is taught in discrete weekly lessons.

    Progression and Assessment

    EYFS and Key Stage 1
    Regular, ongoing observational assessments take place each lesson.

    Key Stage 2
    Regular assessments will take place to ensure that ‘sticky’ knowledge has been transferred to children’s long-term memories. Progress will be measured by children knowing and remembering more.

    Our pupils enjoy singing and creating music with percussion instruments and technology. They engage with different styles of music and are keen to share their opinions. All of our pupils sing regularly in public performances, singing tunefully and confidently.

    The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed (during the year and at the end of the year), through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning to identify how much knowledge they have gained and remembered over time.

    Music Curriculum Overview

    Music-Progression of skills and knowledge