At Queen Emma we follow the National Curriculum for Music and to provide our children with a wide range of musical experiences. Initially our children learn to use their voices expressively and creatively as well as playing tuned and unturned instruments. As they progress through the school, they all have the opportunity to learn the recorder, ukulele, glockenspiel and some children learn other instruments through additional lessons. They have opportunities to listen to, and evaluate, the music of a variety of composers and musicians from different periods of history and genres of music. They also have the opportunity to create their own music, developing an understanding of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. We also enjoy celebrating children’s achievements by encouraging them to perform to an audience. In addition, the children develop their skills in our weekly music assembly and through performing in school productions.

  Autumn   Spring Summer 
Year 1  Long and short sounds
Christmas Concert
Year 2 Exploring duration
Exploring pulse and rhythm (ocarina and glockenspiel)
Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics
Exploring instruments and symbols
Exploring sounds – timbre of different materials (ocarina and glockenspiel)
Year 3 Recorders Recordings
Sea shanties
Year 4 Recorders
Rhythmic patterns
Composing raps
Melodies and scales
Descriptive sounds
Listening and understanding
Year 5 Recorders
Listening and understanding
African drumming
Egyptian music
Year 6 Swing and big band music
Song cycle performance
Ukuleles and glockenspiels
Tuned instruments, ukulele and glockenspiels

Our Learning
Children have the opportunity to express themselves through music in independent and whole class activities.

Some of our children take lessons in an instrument and we enjoy hearing them perform in assembly.

For the past two years, Queen Emma has been involved in Singfest, which enables choirs from different schools to have an opportunity to learn about and perform Opera, as well as other genres of music. In the Autumn term, two professional opera singers visited the school and performed to and with the children to inspire them. So far, they have taken part in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and more recently, ‘Orpheus and Eurydice.’ 


KS2 children may be involved in a Middle Years and Later Years choir. Children develop their understanding of musical notation and part singing. They are encouraged to develop their confidence through singing together, helping in music assemblies and performing to an audience.

Additional Lessons
There are currently opportunities for children to learn piano, violin, guitar and ukulele through additional lessons. Please see the ‘Clubs’ area of the website for contact details of the relevant teachers.

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