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Royal Rise Primary



  • Performing
  • Listening
  • Composing of music
  • History of music
  • Inter-related dimensions of music


  • Pulse
  • Pitch
  • Duration
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Timbre
  • Texture
  • Structure
  • Appropriate musical notation



At Royal Rise Primary School, we follow a ‘spiral curriculum’ and the Kapow’s Primary Music Scheme has been designed with the following principles in mind:
Cyclical: Pupils return to the same skills and knowledge again and again during their time in primary school.
Increasing depth: Each time a skill or area of knowledge is revisited it is covered with greater depth.
Prior knowledge: Upon returning to a skill, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build upon previous foundations, rather than starting again.


The intention of our  music scheme is first and foremost to help children to feel that they are musical, and to develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.


Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music, and listening and responding to music. They will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music that they listen to and learn how music can be written down. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and presentation and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their general lives outside and beyond school.


Our Music scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets outlined in the national curriculum and the aims of the scheme align with those in the national curriculum.

​By connecting our British Values through the teaching of Music, we explore issues that affect us all in our lives and this helps inform decisions that will shape our future. For example, we develop respect and tolerance in Music when we encourage the children to listen to others’ performances and work collaboratively and constructively.

By exposing the children to different genres, they experience a diverse range of cultural influences, religions and experiences. For example, Year 2 study the West African call and response and Year 5 study the Blues genre which exposes the children to different races, cultures and religions.  Using  the careful selection of teaching materials, children will be able not only to recognise themselves and their own experiences but also to develop an understanding of the experiences, cultural practices and beliefs of others. Through the exploration of a range of genres, children can reflect on and develop their own views and tolerance of other viewpoints, particularly with respect to culture, religion and family.


Music is embedded from EYFS, and children will get to explore music in various ways. Children will be listening and learning about familiar nursery rhymes and traditional tales which will enable them to use their bodies and voices to create sounds. Children sing songs every day as part of their daily timetable which supports them in other areas of their curriculum for example maths and literacy.

Key Stage 1

In KS1, children will continue to learn about traditional tales. Children will be introduced to the concept of timbre and will be taught how to make different sounds with their voices. They will describe a character’s mood in a musical story that they will perform verbally and through actions. Children will also perform expressively and alter their voices with changes to the timbre.

Year 3

As well as the Kapow scheme, children in Year 3 are introduced to playing musical instruments by a musical specialist. Across the year children will develop these skills: their knowledge and understanding of the ukulele, their knowledge and understanding of a beat (pulse) and simple rhythms, listening and appreciating different styles of music, playing as part of an ensemble, their improvisation and composition skills.
By working with a music specialist, children are able to play the ukulele confidently and work towards an end of year performance.

Key Stage 2

Children will be introduced to musical theatre, they will have the opportunity to use their singing, dancing and acting skills; combining those skills will allow children to perform to different audiences. They will learn how to create graphic score and perform alongside films. Children will be listening, performing and composing to music from different countries, such as India and South and West African music. In Term 6, Year 6 children will work towards a final leavers’ performance with the opportunity to perform it to their peers and parents’.