How do we teach Music at Abbeyfield?


We believe that music develops the capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings which improve children’s listening skills. We also believe that music has the ability to develop empathy and cultureal awareness as children the opportunity to develop social skills such as tolerance and teamwork. Alongside our wider arts curriculum, our music curriculum develops an appreciation of the arts and an opportunity to develop artistic skills such as performing, creating and rehearsing.


Within Early Years there are designated music areas in continuous provision where children always have access to a range of instruments. This is complimented with on-going music projects such as weekly ‘Rhyme Time’.

In KS1 and KS2, music teaching is delivered as fortnightly 90 minute slots where children follow the Charanga scheme of learning. These sessions develop performing, composing and improvisation skills alongside listening and appraising.

We also have weekly singing assemblies for KS1, LK2 and UKS2. The children in KS2 all have the opportunity to join the school choir and attend events such as ‘Young Voices’ at Sheffield Arena. Our music coordinator also runs a weekly after-school Ukelele club that all children in KS2 are welcome to attend.

The KS1 National Curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instrucments 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

The KS2 National Curriculum

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:

  • 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 Overview

We have then used these strands to map out our curriculum overview for art and design.


We have decided as a school that our art specialisms will be in painting, drawing and sculpture.

Medium Term Plans

We have detailed medium term plans that teachers use to inform each session and the overall sequence.

We also create learning journeys to share with children and their families which breaks down the substantive knowledge for each sessions in a easy-to-read format.