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Redhill Primary School

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At Redhill, we believe that Music is an invaluable subject that enriches and enhances our curriculum in a myriad of ways. Through studying music, children develop their language and reasoning whilst enhancing their memory skills and training themselves to constantly improve their work. Engaging with music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity whilst offering an exciting way for children to engage with some of the most amazing cultural achievements from Britain and the rest of the world. When playing instruments, children will learn pattern recognition, enhance their auditory skills, learn to work as part of a team and improve their confidence and self-esteem. We all engage with music on an often daily basis and it forms an integral part of our personal lives; by utilising this, children can learn to have a deeper understanding of the things they enjoy and  increase their engagement in the classroom.


We have structured our curriculum to ensure that children are engaging with music in every year group and are building on their skills each year to develop a good understanding of music as well as the tools to develop their own compositions. Every child has the opportunity to learn an instrument in school and we also provide further opportunities for specialist teachers to come in to school and tutor children with a more specialised instrument.


Our music lessons link directly with our storybook curriculum in each topic and we have worked hard to ensure that children experience and learn about some of our culture’s greatest composers. These range from classical composers such as Holst and Tchaikovsky to modern film composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer. We also run a weekly choir club and sing daily in our assemblies and each year group performs a class assembly where they either perform or dance to a range of music from around the world.

Redhill Curriculum: Music Overview


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Musical appreciation: the life and works of composers and musicians

Listening to sounds

Singing rhymes

Learning new songs

Musical appreciation: the life and works of composers and musicians

Percussion instruments

How are sounds made? (timbre, tempo, pitch and dynamics)

Keep a steady pulse

Choose sounds to represent a mood or event

Musical appreciation: the life and works of composers and musicians

Learning new songs

What are instruments made from?

Respond to live and recorded music in a variety of ways-dance, art, talk, movement

Perform as a group with an awareness of the audience

Year 1

Ourselves: exploring sounds

Number: exploring beat

Animals: exploring pitch

Weather: exploring sounds

Peter Tchaikovsky

Story time: exploring sound

Our bodies: exploring beat

Travel: exploring performance

Water: exploring pitch


Machines: exploring beat

Seasons: exploring pitch

Our school: exploring sounds

Patterns: exploring beat 

Sergei Prokofiev

Year 2

Christmas performance

Sun, sea and sand

Wave power: exploring pitch; Singing together



Year 3

Exploring Descriptive Sounds

Exploring Singing Games

Charles Camille Saint Saens

Exploring arrangements

Exploring pentatonic scales

Exploring sound colours

Exploring rhythmic patterns

Gustav Holst – the Planets

Year 4

Viking Saga songs

Exploring rhythmic patterns

Exploring arrangements


Exploring melodies and scales.

Exploring sound colours.

American music study

Exploring descriptive sounds

Exploring signals.

Year 5

Exploring rhythm and pulse

Exploring sound sources

War of the Worlds – Jeff Wayne

The Planets – Gustav Holst

Music from Oliver Twist

Exploring rounds

Exploring lyrics and melody


Performing together

Exploring music processes

Year 6

Learning rounds and WW2 songs

Hans Zimmer

Composing a sound track using ICT

John Williams

Performance skills – performing together


Key Three