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Music Curriculum

Y4 music


At St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School & Nursery, our intent is to develop children’s understanding of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We believe that music has many benefits including helping children to understand multicultural communities and faiths, develop their communication and listening skills and also improve their creativity, confidence and wellbeing.

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.


Our children are able to participate in a range of musical activities and in class music study. 

We ensure that the progression of music is developed during the school. Pupils are exposed to a diverse range of singers, musicians and composers, and music from across the world is celebrated.  Each Key Stage within the school focuses on age appropriate skills and uses a range of strategies and interventions to support the pupils.

We maintain a core focus on rhythm, patterns and structure throughout KS1 and KS2, with different age-appropriate focal points alongside this to build a wider understanding of fundamental musical concepts, as described in the National Curriculum, including: pitch, duration, music notation, performance, musical features and composition.

All pupils have the opportunity to learn pieces of music and learn to play musical instruments such as the recorder, or ukulele, supported by specialist music tuition.

They also have the opportunity to perform to an audience, whether in class, in school as part of a celebration or assembly, or as part of a large school choir performing Christmas Carols at the Brighton Centre.


Our Music scheme of work is Charanga and this provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning.

Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music.

Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

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