At Rudston Primary we are fully committed to providing a music curriculum that provides enthusiasm, self-confidence, creativity, and a sense of achievement.

Through our music curriculum we aim to develop respect for various genres, cultures, and key figures throughout the musical world; including their relevance, impact, and context to today. Children will be able to critically analyse music using appropriate vocabulary with confidence, whilst respecting the thoughts and opinions of others. Children will be able to make relevant links to other areas of the curriculum.

Children develop a depth of knowledge about how music is structured and created whilst exploring opportunities to use their voice and other musical instruments.  Through this, children will develop their resilience in practical situations, allowing them to be open to new possibilities, inspirations, and techniques.


In the EYFS stage, Music comes under Expressive Arts and Design in the Early Learning Goals. Children will sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs; perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music. 

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught 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 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
  • develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • 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.
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