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At Easington Primary Academy, it is our intention to provide all children with a music curriculum that ensures a clear progression of skills and gives the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of what music is. We achieve this through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions, musical genres and historical periods. This provides our children with the skills they need to become confident performers, composers and listeners.

At the heart of our curriculum, we want all children to have the opportunity to play an instrument, to make music with others and to have the chance to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.

Throughout their time at Easington, children have weekly group music lessons as part of the whole school curriculum. These lessons are provided by an experienced external music teacher and all children from Nursery to Year 6 are able to take part. Private violin lessons are also offered once a week.

Once a year we also have a music day when we immerse ourselves in everything music and develop a wide range of skills and knowledge.

In Early Years, children experience music through a mixture of teacher led and provision based activities. These include singing songs, dancing and exploring pulse, playing instruments and listening to a range of musical styles. This gives children the opportunity to express their creativity and emotions, as well as reaching a deeper level of musical understanding.

In Key Stage 1, the children learn to use their voices to sing expressively through learning songs and chants linked to their topic. They begin to develop an awareness of the different interrelated dimensions of music through listening to a range of live and recorded music and by exploring and playing tuned and untuned instruments, which includes contributing to group and class compositions.

In Key Stage 2, the children develop their knowledge and understanding of the different interrelated dimensions of music through listening, composing and performing music from other countries, cultures, historical periods and that of renowned composers. Children will also use technology to aid their understanding of music and to record their composition work.

Progression in music will be assessed through listening to musical responses and making regular video and audio recordings of their learning.

Through implementing the above, pupils will leave Easington Primary Academy as confident performers, composers and listeners, who are able to express themselves musically at and beyond school. They show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical genres and as they go through the school they develop an understanding of how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social and historical contexts.

Music Overview

Music Progression Document