Progression of Skills

We follow a broad and balanced Music curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a Music scheme that follows the progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Music curriculum.


All classes will have a scheduled Music lesson each week that will link, where possible, to other areas of the curriculum. We want to ensure Music is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using music are always taken. Music is taught each week and teachers plan from the National Curriculum objectives alongside lessons led by Hampshire Music Service specialists. Each year group has a long-term plan which outlines the learning journeys to be covered referring to the units in the National Curriculum. This is a progressive cyclical learning approach where learning is revisited over the course of each Key Stage, deepening their understanding each time.


By presenting our learning in this way, and allowing children the opportunity to deep their understanding, children have the opportunities to develop their singing and performance skills as well as learning about interrelated elements of music, and composing music using written notation. We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become musicians teaching them to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tunes and untuned instruments musically
  • Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control
  • 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 interrelated dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • 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