‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Becoming Musicians

 …speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…
Ephesians 5:19


Music at Whitegate CE Primary School


At Whitegate CE Primary School, we aim to nurture restless curiosity, appreciation and passion for music.

Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children develop confidence, communication and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. These activities use both sides of the brain; it fosters connections, which improve memory and coordination.

The skills involved in playing and listening to music also help learners develop skills and ideas, both independently and cooperatively, to prepare them ‘for life in all its fullness.’     

All children, especially in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), learn music through exploring exciting challenges and by using a range of media and materials. 


The aims of teaching music in our school are:

  • To 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
  • To 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
  • To 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 notation.



Websites we recommend to explore:
BBC Teach:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw2ntv4/resources/1

Myleene’s Music Klass: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ


If you have any questions about our Music curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) via the school office.
Thank you


Our Music year group curriculum overview:




Our school delivers the music curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons.  We have a range of instruments to enable us to do this and a scheme of work ‘Music Express.’  In Foundation Stage (Acorns), children explore music through a variety of stimulus and media. It is delivered as part of taught sessions and available to the children as part of their continuous provision.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Driver – Commotion in the Ocean

Focus – Performance, Listening and applying


Music express - Water

Driver – Knights and Castles

Focus - Appraising


Music and movement – moving to musical beats and rhythms and exploring how music can tell a story.


Music express year 1 ‘Exploring pulse and rhythm.’


Driver – Toys

Focus - Composing


Music express units to explore pitch

Year 2 

Driver – London

Focus – Performance, Listening and Applying


Singing in a round - London’s Burning

Music express unit exploring duration including call and response

Driver – Africa

Focus - Appraising


African Drumming

Music express units to explore pulse and rhythm and instruments and symbols.


Continents song

Driver – Seaside

Focus - Composing


Music express units to explore timbre, tempo, dynamics – weather link


Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture   

Year 3

Driver – Stone Age to Iron Age

Focus – Performing


Earliest instruments (Flute), early beginnings of music.


Mini topic driver - Folk Music (Maypole)

Focus – Listening and Applying

Driver – Egyptians

Focus - Composition


Music express unit, exploring pitch through a focus on water.


Egyptian chants, ceremonial compositions and simple notation

Traditional and Modern Egyptian Music.

Driver - South America

Focus – Performance, Appraising


South American Samba music – tuned and un tuned percussion






Year 4

Driver - Industrial Revolution

Focus – Performance, Listening and Applying


Music and drama performance linked to 2012 Olympics opening ceremony - Industrial revolution

Driver – Romans

Focus - Appraising


Roman chants, call and response and drama and movement – Romans

Music express unit exploring arrangements


Driver - Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Focus – Composition


Recap of ongoing musical performance skills and musical terminology - The Viking and Anglo-Saxon


Year 5

Driver - Slavery

Focus – Performance


Music and slavery - lyrics and meaning


Calypso music – Music express unit exploring rounds


Driver - Greeks

Focus – Composition, Appraising


Heroes of Troy – Focus on ongoing skills such as dynamics, pitch, pulse and rhythm and performance skills.

Music express unit exploring structure

Driver - The Tudors

Focus – Listening and Applying


Work of famous composers from the period




Year 6

Driver - Ancient Civilisations

Focus – Performance and Composition


Maya, Benin, Shang


Music express unit exploring composition through computing


Driver - Vale Royal Abbey

Focus - Appraising


Music in the Middle Ages – Musical notation, rhythmic modes and Dorian modes. Vale Royal Abbey

Music express unit focusing on composition through exploring local environments.

Driver - WW2 conflict

Focus- Listening and Applying


Music performance, listening and appraisal skills.







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