“Music can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development. It has the power to change lives and build stronger communities.” DfE

Music is regarded as an essential element in the education of the whole child and plays a very important part within the life of KGJS. All pupils from EYFS have music timetabled either on a weekly basis or as part of our Arts Afternoon and every pupil is encouraged to either learn an instrument or sing in our choir. Recognising we are a ‘Platinum Sing Up’ school, our scheme is predominantly carved from the Sing Up resources. These resources fully support a fully integrated approach to musical development, connecting together the interrelated strands of singing, playing, performing, composing and improvising, listening, and appraising.  We offer a high- quality music education that engages and inspires our pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self -confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

What will I study?

By the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils will have been given the opportunity to:  

  • Express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings by using a widening range of …movement… and a variety of songs and musical instruments.
  • Recognise and explore how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory, recognise repeated sounds and sound patterns, and match movements to music. 
  • Use their imagination in art and design, music, dance. 

By the end of KS1, pupils will have been given the opportunity 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.

By the end of KS2, pupils have been given the opportunity to:

  • 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.