Music at Landywood

At Landywood we pride ourselves on the wealth of experiences and opportunities we offer through our Music Curriculum. Children in EYFS and KS1 have access to an award winning scheme and teaching and learning tool called Charanga, which allows them to access an exciting range of online contemporary resources. We believe this gives them the knowledge, foundations, skills and confidence to access our KS2 Music curriculum. We are very proud to say that in KS2 every single pupil learns a musical instrument. We have opportunities for pupils to learn to play the violin, recorder, ukulele, steel pan, glockenspiel and dood. We showcase children’s progress and achievements by taking part in Mini Concerts throughout the year. In the Summer term we have our wonderful Music Extravaganza Concert, this event takes place at a local high school and showcases the achievements of each and every child in KS2. We have performances from all of the above instruments and also our large and very talented school choir. The finale is a mass item piece performed by all instruments, creating an orchestra of around 160 children.


Progression of Skills

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. They should learn to sing and to use their voices. They should create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. They should use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. They should understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

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.
  • Develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • 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 outside the classroom

Choir/ drama after school club.

Mini instrument concerts

Music Extravaganza concert

Music Share Concert

Choir performing at local church.

Choir performing at local care home.

Christmas performances

Christmas carol concert

Harvest/Mother’s/Father’s day assemblies

Year 6 production

Drama production

Drama lunch time club