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St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

St Elisabeth's CE Primary School


Intent – why we teach what we teach

We provide a music curriculum that is an opportunity for children to engage in a creative way that promotes enjoyment and love of music and develops their talent as musicians.  We believe that children should learn to listen, play, compare and evaluate music.

During their time at St Elisabeth's CE, we believe that children should have a range of musical experiences.  Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:

  • Reading simple notation
  • Copying and developing rhythms
  • Using tuned and untuned instruments and voices
  • Evaluating and responding to different styles of music from different periods of history
  • Keeping time
  • Performing solo and in ensembles
  • Using a range of musical terms
  • Composing their own music


Implementation – how we teach what we teach

Music is taught throughout our weekly timetables through Music Assemblies, Curriculum Lessons and Wider Opportunities. We follow The Manchester Music Scheme in EYFS and KS1.

At St Elisabeth's CE in our EYFS curriculum, music is covered in the Expressive Arts and Design early learning goals. Children in our Nursery and Reception have the opportunity to sing, make music creatively both indoors and outdoors and respond to music in music and movement sessions. 

In Key Stage 2, Music is taught by a specialist teacher who introduces the children to drumming from different cultures.

Throughout the key Stages, our pupils are also given regular opportunities to perform for their peers, parents and the community and in a range of venues in our local area.

At St Elisabeth’s, Music provides opportunities for all pupils to thrive and excel, regardless of the barriers to learning. Our pupils for whom English is an additional language can express themselves and build confidence through Music, and our SEND pupils thrive in our Music clubs and drumming, ukulele and recorder lessons, developing their confidence in order to express themselves and achieve their potential.

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this music curriculum is that children will be musically literate, their lives will be enriched and they will be inspired to further explore the world of music and the creative and expressive opportunities that it offers. They will also be equipped to take on new musical experiences and challenges in the next stage of the educational journey.  The children’s learning journey in music is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at St Elisabeth's CE Primary.