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Awarded June 2021

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Our vision for music is that all children are involved through enjoying, playing, composing and listening.


At Alwoodley Primary School, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journey as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others.   We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music.

Our intent is that the golden threads of Alwoodley are woven through the music curriculum and that over time these will provide our musicians with the experiences and skills that will enable them to deploy their musical knowledge in the next stages of their education. Golden thread one – cognitive education will be promoted so that children can reflect, analyse and create in music.  Golden thread two – a love of reading will be evident as pupils gain fluency in notation and enjoy reading about inspirational musicians. Finally, by listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers, composing and performing, it is our intent that our musicians flourish and display a confidence that is reflective of our Golden thread three – PSHE.


‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (The National Curriculum)


The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Can sing and use their voices individually and in a group
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others
  • Use technology appropriately when composing
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
  • Listen to, review and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians from a 

range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions

  • Enjoy and have an appreciation of a range of different musical styles e.g. Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.
  • Use and understand musical language and include musical features in their own work
  • Make judgements about the quality of music
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments
  • Have different opportunities to take part in performances



We follow the National Curriculum for music and in doing so our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities as well as weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of musical ensembles. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.

In the classroom, students learn how to play various un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments. By the time our pupils have left Alwoodley Primary at the end of Key Stage 2 they will have experienced learning a minimum of 4 instruments.  Whole class instrument takes place from Year 3 on percussion, Year 4 brass, Year 5 Samba and Year 6 ukulele. In doing so our children understand the different principles of creating music, as well as how to devise and read their own musical scores and basic music notation. Children also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology is also part of the curriculum, which develops their understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

At Alwoodley, children have opportunities to explore their own musical journey, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. Key Stage 2 children also have the opportunity to play instruments in small groups which are taught by peripatetic staff. 

We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:

  • Videos and photos of lessons (benchmarking)
  • Use of super six or equivalent 
  • Pupil Voice 
  • Regular feedback each lesson
  • Regular teacher assessments

"Music is the universal language of mankind."

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)


"Music gives soul to the universe,

wings to the mind,

flight to the imagination,

and life to everything."



Primary National Curriculum- Music

Long Term Plan 2021-22

The school choir took part in the Artforms Big Sing at Pudsey Civic Hall. We had a great time singing in both unison and two parts with over 450 other pupils from Leeds schools.

Exploring different sounds in Nursery. We love playing different instruments and making rhythms.

Year 5 are learning Samba as a whole class. They are all playing different instruments and learning different rhythms, In a few weeks they will be performing in a large concert with other schools .

Mrs Elsom runs a sign and sing group in Phase 1 every Wednesday. Look how talented our children are at both signing and singing!

As part of our music curriculum we use technology. Year 6 are using the app Garage Band to compose music suitable for a film.

Whole class music in Year 6. The whole class learns the ukulele together. We have learnt both single notes and chords. As part of our lessons, we also compose and incorporate other instruments too..

Reception enjoy using the instruments to keep to the beat of different nursery rhymes.

Year 3 loved learning how to play the bamboo timber instruments. They performed brilliantly to their parents and friends.

Miss Heap is our specialist music teacher. She is teaching Year 3 all about dynamics in this lesson.

Year 2 performed the Little Big Nativity at Christmas- it was amazing. The audience, cheered, clapped and smiled throughout.

Our amazing choir using 'Makaton' to sign some Christmas songs.

Winter celebrations in Nursery- lots of singing and playing instruments.

Music Extravaganza December 2021. Our choir and musicians sounded sensational

Year 6 have worked hard to read music and learned to play 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' by the composer Strauss in 5 parts. It sounds brilliant.

All 63 of our Year 5 pupils learn how to play Samba on a range of instruments. After weeks of practice they went to Pudsey Civic Hall to perform to lots of other schools. It was a great experience for everyone involved.

Year 2 worked with Miss Heap on rhythm and pitch skills.

Music in Year 5 'Dancing in the Street! Look at the range of instruments they are using!

Signs for Christmas Choir 1

Signs for Christmas Choir 2

Music  plays an important part in our school from whole class music lessons to small group playing and from concerts to formal exams and special projects.

Keyboard Groups
Keyboard lessons are taught by Mr Dodd from Artforms. Children can begin lessons in Year 3.



Woodwind lessons start in Year 3. Children can choose to play either a flute, clarinet or saxophone. Miss Freitas, from Artforms, is our woodwind teacher.

Mr Tong, from Artforms, teaches brass lessons. Brass instruments available to play are the cornet, trumpet or trombone. Lessons start in Year 3


Miss Galloway, from Artforms, teaches the violin. Lessons start in Year 2.


Guitar lessons are taught by Mr Hogg from Artforms. Children can begin lessons in Year 3.


All Year 2 learn how to play the ocarina. 

Recorder Groups
All children in Year 3 start to learn the recorder in whole class lessons. As children move to Year 4 they continue to progress on this instrument.


Choir meets once a week at lunchtime. Twice a year members of the choir take part in the Leeds Town Hall Concert. The choir are also part of a successful world record attempt to have the largest number of people signing and singing at the same time.


Everyone in Year 6 learns the ukulele.

Town Hall Concerts
Each year our musicians and members of the choir take part in the town hall concerts in the Spring and at Christmas.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.