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Lakenham Primary and Nursery School





At Lakenham we believe that our music curriculum should be

  • child centered, focusing on the needs and interests of children and building on what they know and enjoy
  • enabling children to develop a curiosity about music and a growing respect and appreciation for the wide variety of musical expressions and experiences in people’s lives locally, nationally and across the world.
  • encouraging a life-long love of music across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres and actively engage with music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing.
  • taught in a relevant, meaningful and purposeful way
  • ambitious and challenging
  • delivered through rich and varied learning experiences

Our intention is that our music curriculum will provide opportunities and experiences that will foster and inspire children to Enjoy, Achieve and Aspire and to be:

  • successful music makers who enjoy music, and understand how music can support their own sense of identity and wellbeing.
  • confident individuals who are able achieve some key musical skills
  • be ambitious in their own musical development- aspire

We will endeavour to:

  • develop lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasingly independent learning
  • instill a desire to learn by identifying relevant targets, providing appropriate support and rewarding achievement
  • foster self-reliance and motivation
  • provide a safe and stimulating musical working space (studio)
  • encourage children to be skillful, creative and imaginative in music
  • develop the ability to work co-operatively to create music

The music curriculum ensures children





and evaluate.

This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, a Musical Theatre Club, the learning of instruments, and the joining of our music ensemble(s). The elements of music are taught in class lessons led by specialists from the music services where children also learn how to play instruments such as the recorder, ukulele and drumming. In doing so they begin to understand the creation of notes and rhythm, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. 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. The school subscribes to the online resources Charanga, Sing Up and Fischy Music and uses BBC Ten Pieces as a stimulus.

Music is also used as part of everyday routines such as entering the classroom, walking into assembly and mindfulness sessions. This is not designed as simply background music but is chosen specifically to increase knowledge of different styles of music, introduce the children to British music, create an appropriate atmosphere and increase wellbeing.

Progression of Skills in Music



Curriculum Coverage



Year Groups

Please click the buttons below to see what each year group has been up to in music.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6