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St Mary Bourne Primary School

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At St Mary Bourne our music curriculum is taught by Hampshire Music Service and class teachers.  Sessions with Hampshire Music Service include individual class teaching - learning an instrument and all key stage two take part in our school choir.  Whenever possible we take part in outside music events organised by Hampshire Music. 


Children also have the opportunity to learn an instrument in key stage two with tuition from Storm Dynamics.



At St Mary Bourne Primary our music curriculum is designed to develop a passion and love of music. Pupils will be guided to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose within, and to listen with discrimination to, a wide range of musical styles.


The teaching of music will enable children to learning through a memorable, dynamic and cross-curricular approach. A wide range of music styles and genres, spanning different time periods and cultures, will be taught linked to termly topics. Through access to instruments and opportunities to explore vocally, children will develop a progression of skills and understanding of the inter-related dimensions of music throughout their time in our school. Learning opportunities for each class are carefully planned to build on previously developed skills and knowledge across each academic year as well as throughout their primary education.

In the Foundation Stage our curriculum is designed to stimulate young children’s creativity and will enabled them to build a preliminary understanding of music through sound-making, singing and recognising simple rhythms through clapping and moving.

During Key Stage 1, pupils will begin to develop their use of voice and instruments expressively and musically in order to experiment with creating and combining sounds using the dimensions of music (e.g. pitch, dynamics). Children will also have the opportunities to listen to music with concentration to develop an understanding and appreciation for this highly diverse and creative art form.

During Key Stage 2, pupils will continue to develop their performance skills using voice and musical instruments with increasing accuracy and control, this includes taking part in our school choir. Children will listen attentively to a wide range of musical genres in order to develop an understanding and appreciation of the history of music. Using these skills, children will begin to improvise and compose their own music.

Pupil’s progress will be assessed informally over a period of time. Opportunities to celebrate progress may include making observations of children’s work, recording video clips and audio tracks to allow pupil’s to evaluate their own work, and performing finished pieces of work to audiences.



Our curriculum is designed to offer increasing challenge to all pupils as they move up through the school, so they can build up a deep knowledge and a mastery of the skills needed to develop into confident musicians.

By the end of their primary education children should:

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