Thorp Primary School



At Thorp, we aim for a high-quality music curriculum which should inspire pupils’ curiosity, enjoyment and love of music. We recognise that music is a powerful tool for the development of good mental health. We want children to develop musical skills: listening and analysing pieces; selecting and playing instruments with sensitivity and increased control; composing and performing increasingly more complex pieces individually and as part of a group and evaluating the performance of themselves and others. We want children to enjoy and love learning about music and wonder about music from the world around them by the appreciation of current and historical composers from a variety of genres. 


We have designed our Music curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music; to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; to ensure progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills and for the children to develop a love for music.

By the end of Reception children will be able to:

Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs

Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others and try to move in time to the music.

Key Stage 1 Music National Curriculum Attainment:

Pupils should be able 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.

Key stage 2 Music National Curriculum attainment:

Pupils should be able to:

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

Pupils should 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.

Curriculum Road Map


Knowledge Organisers

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6