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Music is an important part of school life at St. Margaret’s. Music lessons are taught by a music specialist in every year group from Nursery to Year 6. We follow the Music Express scheme of work, which covers all areas of the National Curriculum for Music in a clear, progressive way.

All children perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They also learn about the work of great composers and musicians.

Children explore the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities. All pupils learn to sing and use their voices to create music on their own and with others. They also have the opportunity to use musical instruments within lessons, learning to handle and play instruments effectively.

While learning to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform, children develop the understanding of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation. Notations are used progressively to promote understanding and use of the representation of sound in symbols. 

Expressing our values

Strong Christian values are at the heart of our work and central to our ethos at St. Margaret’s. We help children to learn our Christian values, such as love, hope, forgiveness, truth and courage, through music. Singing is an important part of our worship and a way of teaching and expressing these values. 

There are extra-curricular opportunities for children to further develop their skills in music. We have an active choir and a keyboard group. There are also opportunities for 1:1 piano lessons. 

Primary National Curriculum – Music

Subject Overview for Years 1-6: Music