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At Killinghall, our aim is to create a real love of music in our students. Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. Music gives an opportunity for personal expression and creativity. Music reflects our culture and society and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. At Killinghall, our high-quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence and sense of achievement. 

Music is a subject that plays an important role at Killinghall CE Primary School. The school takes pride in bringing music to the community, performing locally at care homes, church and community events; taking part in an annual concert of primary schools at the Royal Hall; as well as taking part in the nationwide Young Voices event each year. All students take part in performances such as music assemblies and Christmas and summer shows, developing their performance and ensemble skills. We recognise the importance of music as a tool for expression and mindfulness; as well as developing cross-curricular skills such as teamwork, perseverance, problem solving and organisation.  

Our Music curriculum draws on the Model Music Curriculum. Music lessons are based around performing, composing and listening, with students developing the skills to evaluate music using the key musical elements. We nurture our student’s musical talents from entering the school in Reception, following the Kodaly method to explore key musical concepts.  

As our students progress through school, all will: 

  • 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 (both in music lessons and during worship, including a weekly Songs of Praise assembly). 

  • To create and compose music on their own and with others. 

  • Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (KS1 tuned and untuned percussion, years 3 and 4 recorders, and years 5 and 6 ukulele). 

  • Explore music technology. 

  • Be able to articulate their understanding of musical concepts and be able to discuss music using appropriate vocabulary. 

Instrumental Opportunities

 Children have the opportunity to take part in Keyboard club.

Children in years 5 and 6 learn to play the Ukulele in their music lessons. Year 3 and 4 learn to play the recorder.

KS1 explore tuned and untuned percussion.

Musician of the week

We celebrate successes and effort in music, with musician of the week and music assemblies.

Here is an example of Thomas in year 3:

Thomas is a talented, enthusiastic musician.

He has a lovely voice, and is always focused during choir

and music lessons.

Here is a picture of the composition that Thomas

has been working on at home.


Music assemblies

Throughout the year, we give children opportunities to perform during our collective worship. We also invite musicians to perform to the children.


The children all take part in composition activities.

Here are year 4 performing their body percussion composition inspired by Anna Meredith’s ‘Connect it’ piece.

The reception and KS1 curriculum is based around the Kodaly method, where children learn to pitch notes using hand signs and do, re, mi.

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