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:

BBC Bitesize:

Myleene’s Music Klass:


If you have any questions about our Music curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) on
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, 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

Choosing sounds to represent the seasons/nature and contrast to the town. Develop through simple sequences.

Music express units to explore sounds and duration

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

Music express units to explore pulse and rhythm

Music express units to explore composition and music elements timbre, tempo and dynamics.

Year 2 

Singing in a round - London’s Burning

Music express unit exploring duration including call and response

African Drumming

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

Continents song
Music express units to explore pitch and sounds.

Year 3

Year A 

Pulse and Rhythm using body percussion and natural materials.

Music express unit exploring beat through PE and body percussion.

Year B

Egyptian chants, ceremonial compositions and simple notation

Traditional and Modern Egyptian Music.

Year A 

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

Music express unit exploring arrangements

Year B

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

Year A 

South American Samba music – tuned and un tuned percussion



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


Willow and Oak
Year 4/5/6

Year A 
Egyptian chants, ceremonial compositions and simple notation
Traditional and Modern Egyptian Music.

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



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

Music express unit exploring structure

Year A
Music express unit focusing on composition through exploring local environments.


Year B
Music and slavery - lyrics and meaning

Calypso music – Music express unit exploring rounds


Year C

Music express unit focusing on exploring music processing and ‘sketches’

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

Year B

Music express unit exploring composition through computing




Year C

Music express unit exploring poetry and performance through music.


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Contact the School

Whitegate CE Primary School


Chair of Governors:
Mrs Cotterill

Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Susan Knight

Main Contact: Mrs Michelle Shephard, School Business Manager

Tel: 01606 212203

SEN Contact: Mrs Mary Savage,