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National Curriculum Aims for Music

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Music at Bishop's Waltham Junior School


  • Provide children with the opportunity to listen to a range of music from a variety of genres and cultures, encouraging them to comment freely on what they are listening to.
  • Introduce the concepts of improvising and composing, encouraging children to create freely in response to a range of themes and stimuli.
  • Encourage all children to use and explore their voice to sing as part of a group, creating a sense of ensemble.
  • Give children the basic foundations for reading notation, including note values and note names within the pentatonic scale.



  • Music is taught weekly, usually during PPA cover, with sessions spanning across a half term which relate to a given topic or theme. Some topics also have cross-curricular links to other units of work (where appropriate).
  • The subject leader plans the units, liaising with teachers to ensure music is taught consistently, providing appropriate resources/feedback to support the learning of children and the confidence of those teaching.
  • Each unit of music utilises different inter-related dimensions and encompasses one of the musical areas outlined in the National Curriculum subject Guidance: Improvisation, Composition, Singing, Performing/Rehearsing, Listening and Notation.
  • Each year group’s topics revisit and develop upon prior learning in each music area. Each topic revisits previously taught skills to aid understanding before developing the area in order to progress learning (adding in new note values or adding additional bars to composition expectations).
  • All year groups have the opportunity to access a range of instruments (tuned and untuned) for improvising and composing purposes.
  • Year 4 have access the HMS programme ‘Listen2Me’ where they have weekly sessions to explore a range of instruments, changing half termly.
  • Assessments for music are far more un-structured than other subjects – assessment usually comes in the form of ‘recap quizzes’ or class/school performances. When appropriate, in-class learning can be shared in weekly singing assemblies to provide a target for development. Due to the objective nature of music/listening, groups should be encouraged to share without pressure of right/wrong answers.



As a result of our whole school music curriculum, pupils of Bishop’s Waltham Junior School will:

  • Develop an awareness of music genres, forming opinions and commenting on the things they hear with confidence.
  • Have a growing confidence when performing in front of an audience, working together to perform with others and create a sense of ensemble.
  • Have developed an understanding for the need to rehearse in order to create a polished performance piece.
  • Be able to compose pieces in response to a range of stimuli, making musical choices and experimenting with sound to form cohesive compositions.
  • Be able to play a range of instruments (untuned and tuned).
  • Be able to understand basic stave notation (note values) and have knowledge regarding notes included on the pentatonic scale.

Success will be monitored through:

  • Lesson observations (undertaken by the subject leader termly) to ensure the consistency of music teaching across year groups. Discussions will also be had with year groups to discover gaps/difficult areas that children may need more input on in future sessions to aid understanding.
  • Group performances, either in a classroom setting or as a whole school performance in an assembly (or other event), where others can view the musical pieces, either learnt or composed.



Our Curriculum Overview

Year Three

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Painting With Sound

Use music to create a picture in your head.  What pictures are represented as you listen?


Marching Music.  Lead to keeping a steady beat and composing own patterns.


Disney Music

Investigate the way that Disney has used music to tell stories through film.

Dragon Scales

Learn to sing and play in the pentatonic scale (composition links to dragon – may as well stay, no obvious topic link)

Iron Man

Composing in response to a stimulus (The Iron Man) – retelling stories with sound.

Play It Again

Understanding rhythm through the exploration of rhythmic shapes and ostinato.


Year Four - Listen To Me

Year 4 children at Bishop's Waltham Junior School are fortunate enough to take part in Hampshire Music Service’s wider opportunities programme.  Over the year, the children learn a different instrument each term such as the ukulele, the keyboard, the violin or the samba drums.  The children give a performance at the end of each term to celebrate their achievements.  Keep an eye on the school calendar to find out when these performances take place.


Year Five

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Music of World War II

How music was used to inspire hope during WW2.

French Music

Investigate a range of French music, exploring different forms.


Looking at the melodies and dynamics in sea shanties.

Camel Driver

Playing scales, exploring major and minor keys using ‘Camel Driver’ as a stimulus piece.

Music History

Exploring and evaluating a range of musical pieces through major musical genres.

Pyramids of Sound

Experimenting  with music of varying dynamics: piano/forte etc.


Year Six

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Evolution & Inheritance

Understanding the influence of old music on popular music using The Beatles as a focus.


African rhythmic patterns. Composition for purpose.

Year Six Production 

Cyclic Patterns 

Experiment with scales and rhythmic patterns from Gamelan music (South East Asia).



The National Curriculum for Music

National Curriculum - Music