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Sunny Bank Primary School

Happy, Challenged, Successful and Proud


Hathaway Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 8EQ

0161 766 2121



At Sunny Bank Primary School, it is our intent to make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage all children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up their confidence. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.

Early Learning Goals

Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative

  • to use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways.
  • think about uses and purposes of music
  • represent their own ideas, thoughts and feeling through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and Using Media and Materials

  • to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Understanding the World: Technology

  • to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Early Years Attainment:

Children will be able to:

  • To sing songs and rhymes.
  • Play musical instruments
  • Say what they like and dislike about pieces of music


The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all children:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 


Key Stage One National Curriculum Attainment:

Children will 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 Two National Curriculum attainment:

Pupils should be able to:

Children will 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.

Children 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.


 Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two

Our children will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Music lesson will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The Charanga scheme of work is used from Early Years through to Year Six ensuring a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.


The school also has whole class ensemble teaching in Year Five where children are taught a specific musical instrument for a school year. Instruments they learn to play are: Ocarina, Glockenspiel, Recorder and Flute. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument.  Follow on group music lessons are also available to pupils to continue to develop their skills and ability on a musical instrument the following year. Opportunities are taken to perform in class, in whole assemblies and to parents and the wider community.


Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the Key stage One and Two choir which performs regularly in school and at events in the local community. All children are given the opportunity to have further instrument lessons if they and their parents choose to.


Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. This is supported using a Key Learning Grid (KLG). Music is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as lesson observations, learning walks and pupil interviews.