West Meadows Primary School Music


The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At West Meadows, the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

We have designed our Music Curriculum with the intent that our children will:

  • Develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.
  • Be reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school.All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument throughout school, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff and through Mr Ormondroyd.
  • Receive musical opportunities in school, including weeklysinging assemblies as well as whole class teaching of instruments:
      • Year 1 – Glockenspiels
      • Year 2 – Percussion
      • Year 3 – Recorders
      • Year 4 – Singing
      • Year 5 – Brass
      • Year 6 – Glockenspiels


  • After school choir, Our Voices (our own professional performance at the local theatre) and close links with Barnsley Music Services.
  • Understand the value and importance of music in the wider community. They will be able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.


  • The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and through the learning of instruments.
  • The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons using Kodaly, it is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. We also use Out of the Ark and Edgy Productions which also offer a variety of different musical backgrounds. One of the strongest points at West Meadows is the fact that all our music is written ‘specially for the children and our community, which is also in legislation with the Music Curriculum. The progression within the scheme ensures consistent musical development within the school year and also across the school. Children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect, understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.
  • Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument


  • Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon.
  • The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection.
  • Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.
  • Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer.
  • They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They understand how to further develop skills less known to them, should they wish to develop their interest in the future.


Music Long Term Plan

Progression in Music







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