Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School

Subject Overview


Aims and objectives:


At Dairy Meadow we want our children to foster a love for the arts and appreciate the role music plays in many cultures. We want to nurture and develop musical talent so children have the ability to plan, perform and evaluate a range of musical genres after being introduced to the overlapping skills that make these styles so enjoyable. We want children to use their voice alongside other musical instruments to create compositions that both themselves and their peers can be proud of.


Our teaching partner for music is Sing Education. Our music lead Johanna teaches in short, engaging units of 6-8 weeks. Each of these half-termly units has a Scheme of Work which defines the themes to be covered, musical concepts introduced and methodologies used. This enables our music offer to provide the same high-quality learning in every classroom. Children’s knowledge about musical concepts such as pulse, rhythm and notation will be built on during their musical journey. Our musical journey is underpinned by the National Curriculum programme of study for Music.

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught 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.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should also be taught 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.



Our music curriculum is designed so that all children have the opportunity to appreciate the sense of pride that is created in the planning and performing process. Skills of teamwork and listening are imperative in ensuring that compositions are planned, improved and evaluated. Through this we hope to enhance the children’s confidence and skills of self-critiquing. Through a wider lens we hope to inspire children to learn instruments, appreciate the role music has in all major societies and cultures whilst potentially igniting the spark to have future virtuosos and composers in our midst.

Teaching and Learning:

The teaching of Music at Dairy is accessible for all, improves learning skills and cognitive function, enhances pupil wellbeing and encourages collective expression. The 2014 National Curriculum sets very high standards for the teaching of music. Children are to develop a love of music, develop talent as a musician and build self confidence. Additionally, across each Key Stage, they are required to perform, create and understand music.

Through a range of engaging and well resourced lessons, pupils will develop core skills of: playing tuned and untuned instruments, understanding inter-related dimensions of music, develop skills of notation as well as comparing and contrasting music from different time periods and cultures.

Additional Support:

Sing Education and Dairy Meadow have worked collaboratively to develop bespoke progression maps and schemes of work, which represent the programme’s medium and long-term planning. These tools are also great for reporting – for class teachers to develop reports and updates for parents on what the children have been learning. Most importantly, these tools enable us to track the progress of pupils which can subsequently be used for Ofsted planning. Our progression maps and schemes of work allow schools to clearly demonstrate that our music curriculum is progressive and is in line with the new framework. We can also introduce additional recordkeeping elements when appropriate. For example, in some schools, we have charted records of ‘pupil voice’ to monitor what children are remembering from their learning in the classroom


Through the creation of the Dairy Meadow Music curriculum map we have a bespoke music education framework so that teachers, parents and regulators can understand the objectives, content and outcomes of each term’s curricular music programme. Each module that we follow from Sing Education builds cumulatively on a previously taught module and skills are tracked as a child progresses on their musical journey. Key knowledge is reiterated and built on for all children to have a scaffold for their latest challenge.

Staff Development:

Sing Education offers a series of webinars and provide regular CPD for their staff. Elsewhere staff are encouraged to pursue their learning of the saxophone with weekly optional lessons.

Monitoring and Evaluating:

The AHT and Music lead will ensure that the Music curriculum has sufficient breadth and depth to satisfy the 2014 National Curriculum. This will be completed through regular drop-ins half termly. Pupil voice and staff voice will be captured and praised/actioned on accordingly.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Performance enables students to share their deep love of music and well-honed musical skill with peers, family and the wider school community. As an important adjunct to curricular music teaching, Sing Education regularly integrates opportunities for workshops and performances into the academic calendar. The emphasis? Encouraging students to develop a strong understanding of the principles of music and a natural love for the subject. Alongside this, children will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in conjunction with Ealing Music Service. Currently our Year 3’s are mastering the J-Sax. Miss Chambers is currently auditioning for our school choir.

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