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Leigh Primary School


At Leigh Primary School we utilise Sing Up Music curriculum in Year groups R-6.   It is designed and written by subject specialists and provides our children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop a love and interest in music. Our scheme of learning meets the requirements of the Early Years Framework for Expressive Arts, the National Curriculum and utilises the suggested approaches of the Model Music Curriculum for singing, listening, composing, performance and instrumental performance.

Throughout our curriculum children will engage with a broad ranges of repertoire, approaches and musical traditions. They will sing, play, improvise, compose, listen and appraise.  We want our children to develop the self-confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to develop a lifelong love of music whilst providing them with a secure foundation to take music further should they wish to.



We organise our curriculum using a 2-year programme for mixed aged classes over 6 terms.  After Easter, children in KS2 begin to learn whole class instrumental of recorder and will continue throughout KS2. The focus of instrumental units is to enjoy playing in a group, learn music by ear, ensemble playing skills, developing musical understanding by following a structure and developing skills in notations, rhythm and notes. Our children learnt, recorder last year with a music teacher and as we transfer to a new scheme of learning they will have the opportunity to continue these skills.

Music is taught weekly at Leigh Primary in addition to singing as part of collective worship/assembly. This is part of our commitment to music we believe that regular practice is important for success in musical learning. We have a choir run at lunchtimes by our musical lead and additionally many children engage with 1:1 teaching of trumpet, guitar, piano, flute and violin from music teachers in our music room facility.


As a school we assess impact of our curriculum through improving/composing, singing/playing, and listening and appraising. We use recording and Google Classroom to observe progress in musical units over time. Our video evidence provides us with evidence of progression to inform teaching and learning and to celebrate musical performance with our classes.


In Early Years Music is largely taught through expressive arts and design however links are made across the prime areas and specific areas of development. Children learn about music throughout the continuous provision as well as discreet lessons utilising our progressive scheme of learning from Sing up which prepared them for the National Music Curriculum in Year 1. The children explore a range of objects and materials that make sound as well as tuned and untuned musical instruments. The make simple rhythms and beats, explore sound as well as utilise music in their creative and imaginative play. Children regularly sing songs and rhymes and move imaginatively to music in dance.

One of the Early Learning Goals is 'Being Imaginative and Expressive'

At the end of reception children at the expected level of development will:

  • Invent, adapt and recount narrative and stories with peers and their teacher;
  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs;
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stores with others, and - when appropriate - try to move in time with music.