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Music at Cloverlea


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Cloverlea we aim for our music education to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As our pupils progress, it is hoped that they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Progression of Skills


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 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.

Music Curriculum



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Music Express

Animal and Weather

(Exploring Pitch and Sound)


Seasons and Ourselves

(Exploring Pitch and Sound)


 Music Express

Numbers and Machines

(Beat / Rhythm)


Our School and Pattern

(Exploring Sound and Beat)

Music Express

Storytime and Ourbodies

(Exploring Sound and Beat)


Travel and Water

(Performance and Pitch)

Year 2

Music Express

Exploring Duration


Exploring Pulse and Rhythm


Music Express

Exploring Pitch


Exploring Instruments and Symbols


Music Express

Exploring Timbre, Tempo and Dynamics


Exploring Sounds

Year 3

Music Express

Exploring Descriptive Sounds


Exploring Rhythmic Pattern


Music Express

Exploring Arrangements


Exploring Pentatonic Scales


Music Express

Exploring Singing Games


Year 4

Music Express

12 Dragon Scales

Exploring Pentatonic Scales


Music Express

Painting with Sound

Exploring Sound Colours

Music Express

Exploring Singing Games

Year 5

Music Express

Solar System

Listening and Responding to Music


Our Community

Exploring Performance

Music Express

Life Cycles

Exploring Structure in Music


Keeping Healthy

Exploring Beat and Rhythm


Music Express

At the Movies

Exploring Composition



Exploring Composition and Performance

Year 6

Music Express

World Unite

Step and Dance Performance



Song Cycle Performance

Music Express


Street Music and Dance



Mini Musical Performance

Music Express

Class Awards

Awards Show Performance


Moving On

Leavers Assembly Performance

Music Mark

For another year, Cloverlea has been given the 'Music Mark' in recognition of the work we do and opportunities we provide for our pupils which is centered around Music. We are extremely proud and pleased with this award.

Music Snapshots

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