Clifford Primary School

Clifford Primary School



What Music looks like in our school:

  • Teachers will follow the Long Term Plan ensuring they cater for all abilities
  • Lessons will be fun and engaging, developing pupils’ confidence to experiment musically
  • Fundamental skills in singing, playing instruments, listening and creating music will be taught, progressing onto composition and the history of music
  • Opportunities will be given for pupils to compose and perform
  • Children will have a love and appreciation of music that they are confident to talk about

 End of EYFS:

  • Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

 End of KS1

  • Be able 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
  • Can experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

 End of KS2:

  • 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.


This is how it works:

  • Teachers follow the Long-term plan which sets out a logical progression from one year to the next
  • Lessons are taught on a weekly basis
  • Each lesson has a clear learning objective which is reviewed throughout, with mini plenaries
  • In KS2 there is the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument for a term with a music specialist
  • Teachers use the scheme Charanga to support their teaching
  • Opportunities to use percussion and non-percussion instruments are provided regularly
  • Opportunities to perform, i.e. in assemblies, to the class, in the Eisteddfod and in school performances
  • Opportunities for high quality musical experiences are given, i.e. visits from Music on the Move, visits from musicians, Sing Spring, Young Voices, Eisteddfod, school performances
  • Teachers model the skills and behaviour expected


  • Children that have a love and appreciation for music
  • Children that are confident to have a go and perform
  • Children that can talk about different music, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of it
  • Good variety of skills developed in singing, playing instruments, listening and composition
  • Children make progress in line with the national average, building on their understanding from one year to the next

 How do we know?

  • Coordinator monitors planning and delivery throughout the school; book scrutinies, Learning Walks, pupil interviews, teacher questioning and observations