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The National Curriculum for Music


Music Intent

It is our intent that we make music an inspiring and enjoyable learning experience which develops the children’s musical skills and prepares them in readiness for high school. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat through performing on a range of musical instruments. By singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music across different time periods, cultures and traditions. This supports children to understand the cultural capital of being open minded in their listening as well as knowledgeable about a breadth of musical genres in the world today. The children learn to appreciate how music supports other areas of the curriculum such as dance and drama.

Musical Benefits

Musical Benefits 

Why is music so good for you?

Young Voice Choir

Young Voices Choir

Harlands school is singing with Tony Hadley, The Shires & Ruti this year.

Learn an Instrument

Learn an instrument 

Why not learn an instrument? Find out what instrument tuition we have at Harlands.

Fun Fridays

Progression in Music

Nursery Music

Reception Music

Begin to internalise and create rhythmic patterns

Use words/phrases (these could be from songs days of week/months of year) - tap them out

Begin to internalise and create rhythmic patterns

Use words/phrases (these could be from songs days of week/months of year) - tap them out

Year 1 Music

Year 2 Music

Make up simple dance patterns – keeping in time with the pulse and including rhythms

Use voices to provide sound effects

Create long and short sounds on instruments.

Find and play by ear, phrases of well-known songs on tuned instruments

Make up three-note tunes independently

Record their own tunes - use colours instead of note names

Create songs of their own using high-middle-low pitches 

Year 3 Music

Year 4 Music

Recognise and explore the ways sounds can be combined and used expressively

Identify how songs are structured and accompanied

Express song meanings/lyrics using voices or


Identify and control different ways instruments make sounds

 Combine sounds to create textures

Create sequences of sound - musical structures which express ideas or moods using lyrics/sounds/movements- actions

Compose sequences using notated rhythms. Join sequences together to create structures of rhythmic, descriptive or dance patterns

Select and sequence pitches (limited range) to create melodic phrases. Add words to melodic phrases to create a class/group song

Year 5 Music

Year 6 Music

Create textures by combining sounds Compose music to describe images

Create music that describes two contrasting moods

Internalise sounds, then select, combine and exploit a range of different sounds to compose a sound-scape stimulated by…(topic)

Develop more complex rhythmic ideas

Devise rhythmic, melodic and harmonic accompaniments

Apply knowledge and understanding of how the combined musical elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and silence can be organised within musical structures/forms and used to communicate different moods and effects

Compose music for different occasions using appropriate musical features and devices (melody, rhythms, chords and structures)

Use standard and additional methods of notation as appropriate across a range of different contexts.

Be aware of some of the basic major scales Play from pitched notation (read music)

Show understanding of how music is produced in different ways and described through relevant established and invented notations