Music at Atwood

Reception & Year 1

  • Rhythmic patterns and group singing comprising simple songs and rhymes with a small range of pitch.
  • Un-tuned percussion to explore sounds, identifying high and low (pitch), fast and slow (tempo), loud and soft in music (dynamics).
  • Pulse, pitch, rhythm and musical memory using The Jolly Music scheme and the ‘Sing Chair’ for solo singing which builds confidence and enjoyment of singing.

Year 2

  • Singing songs and exploring tuned percussion, expanding on knowledge of pitch, dynamics and tempo.
  • Weekly music assemblies (Years 1 and 2) where all children have the opportunity to perform on their chosen instrument, building confidence, self-esteem and achievement

Years 3-6

  • Class recorder lessons using Red Hot Recorder
  • Exploring music from around the world, including samba music from Brazil, oriental music which uses the pentatonic scale, calypso music originating from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean and Reggae music from Jamaica.
  • Children learn about syncopation, a big characteristic of Reggae and Calypso music and are introduced to the Pentatonic Scale which is widely used in Oriental music.
  • Musical notation, e.g. semi breves, minims, crotchets, quavers etc. and learning how to clap and compose using these notations.

Year 4

  • Ready Steady Recorder scheme extending on the notes learnt in Year 3, learning notes B, A, G, F, F sharp, low E, high D, low D, C.
  • Explore Tudor music by composing a Tudor fanfare and playing Tudor dance music on recorders.
  • Tuned percussion and recorders, rhythms on the Djembe drum, playing bass, tone and slap sounds and singing/playing traditional African djembe pieces.

Years 5 & 6

  • Children learn how to compose their own pieces using cyclic patterns, rhythmic compositions, the blues scale, pentatonic scale and composing music linked to pictures and poems.
  • We also explore the Musical Timeline.

Curriculum Guidance

Curriculum Overview

Click here to view the topics covered in music over the year for each Key Stage.


Music Policy

Click here to read about the aims of our music policy and how music is taught at Atwood.

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