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At Maynards Green we believe that all children should have access to an engaging music curriculum that sparks curiosity and fascination.  

We seek: 

  • to engage, motivate and inspire pupils to develop a love of music that extends beyond their time at school. 

  • To develop the self-confidence, skills, knowledge, and understanding to develop a lifelong love of music, whilst also providing a secure foundation that enables them to take music further should they wish to. 

  • to listen to and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles, genres, from a wide variety of traditions, cultures and time periods 

  • to begin to appraise a piece of music and make judgements about the quality of music using the appropriate musical vocabulary

  • to learn how music can represent feelings and emotions. 

  • to sing in tune, on their own, and with other people 

  • to compose and perform music as part of a group 


Our planning follows the Sing- up scheme of work to ensure children in both key stages have access to an inspiring and robust music curriculum. Sing Up aims for every child to have access to high-quality, practical, and engaging musical experiences . 

We will achieve this through: 

  • incorporating and embedding the knowledge and skills set out in the Music National Curriculum 2014 : to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music, to be taught to sing, create and compose music and to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated 

  • using the Sing up scheme to plan music lessons, which ensures consistency and a clear sequence for progression and utilising Charanga electronic resources for delivering lessons 

  • implementing an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning 

  • developing musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, composing, exploring and performing.

  • Using Sing Up’s pupil assessment tools to self-assess and peer-assess their musical knowledge and understanding 

  • using a range of tuned and untuned percussion  

  • giving all pupils opportunities to take part in performances to the school or a wider audience and to see live performances by professional musicians. 

  • providing opportunities for children to learn to play a variety of instruments such as ukulele, drums, woodwind, violin and keyboard through East Sussex Music School and Red Butler peripatetic teachers. 


  • Pupil’s wellbeing, listening and concentration are developed and improved 

  • By the end of KS1, pupils should be able to sing expressively, play tuned and untuned percussion instruments, concentrate whilst listening to music and create original music.

  • By the end of KS2, pupils should be able to play and perform individually and as part of a group, improvise and compose music, use and understand a variety of musical notations, listen and appreciate a range of music and develop an understanding of the history of music.

  • Musicians, singers and performers in school inspire pupil’s own musical activities. 

  • Children engage in a variety of performances and extracurricular activities  

Knowledge and Skills Progression Documents

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