‘A high-quality music education should 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.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.

At St. Cuthbert’s we provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school. 


Children who attend St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School study Music with their class teacher.  Our curriculum is centred around ‘Music express’, a music-based scheme which is designed to progressively develop children’s musical skills through weekly hour lessons.

In KS1 children will 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 

In KS2 children will 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
  • Llisten 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

The music skills taught in each year group are reinforced and built upon throughout the scheme. Children in Year 3 and 4 will also learn to play the recorder during their class music lessons. This happens in the Autumn term for Year 3 and the Spring term for Year 4. The school also offers high-quality sessions from outside agencies,including violin, flute and clarinet.  


Music education at St Cuthbert’s will 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. 

Our Music curriculum is planned to ensure progression of knowledge and skills, and will ensure all pupils develop the key music skills, as set out by the national curriculum:

  • 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

We measure the impact of our curriculum through pupil discussions about their learning (their thoughts, ideas and evaluation of their work).  We also assess how well the children have developed their knowledge and skills using the ‘progression of skills’ document.

Music Long term Plan