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At St Johns, we value the role and importance that music has in our daily lives and for our well-being. We celebrate music through song, prayer, worship, assemblies, lessons, drama and through our close relationship and regular services with the local church. During their time with us, children develop a broad repertoire of songs and hymms.


Our curriculum map for music follows the skills progression map produced by Music Express which is designed in line with the National Curriculum and ensures progression of skills in music as children move through the school. 

In Key Stage 1 children will learn to;

  • use their voices with expression and creativity by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and un-tuned instruments with musical skill
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the various features of music

Children in Key Stage 2 will build upon this and;

  • play and perform in solo and group 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 various features of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing memory and recognition
  • use and understand staff (musical note) 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

Music curriculum map for progression of skills and knowledge