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At Hemington Primary School, we want our children to love music. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and for some to eventually enter music careers. Our vision is to give children access to an engaging and fun music curriculum reflecting the world they live in now, but at the same time giving them access to musical styles throughout history. Children are able to listen to and appraise a variety of musical styles alongside performing pieces and creating their own compositions through the use of instruments and technology. To achieve this, all children access a variety of musical games, songs, instruments, music workshops, and extra-curricular activities giving them practical, hands on experience. We hope children continue to grow in confidence as they progress through the musical curriculum and become passionate in their responses to music. Added to this, we want children to become more independent learners within this area, reflect upon their learning and develop resilience within the musical world. As a school, these are our aims:

  • To encourage awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of music in all its forms.
  • To develop imagination and creativity.
  • To help children of all abilities develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.
  • To offer opportunities to sing, play instruments, compose, listen and appraise.

Singing skills – a singing culture is established and nurtured within the school. Children and adults in the school will be encouraged to sing whenever appropriate to aid well-being and health as well as musical outcomes.

Instrumental skills – children will be taught to sing a wide-ranging variety of songs and to use their voices expressively. They have the opportunity to play both tuned and un-tuned instruments with increasing control and should rehearse and perform with others, with an awareness of audience.

Composing skills – children will create musical patterns and will be shown how to explore, select and organise musical ideas, recording these in a variety of ways, (e.g. pictorial score, by means of a digital recorder, tape recorder or video or using notation).

Appraising skills – children will be given the opportunity to explore and explain their own ideas and feelings about music, using music, dance, expressive language and musical vocabulary. They will analyse and compare sounds and will become confident at suggesting improvements for their own work and that of others.

Listening and applying knowledge and understanding – children should be able to listen with concentration and to internalise and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They will develop a growing awareness of the interrelated dimensions of music. They will learn that time and place can influence the way music is created, performed and heard, that music is produced in different ways and is described through invented and standard notations which will be applied appropriately throughout their musical journey in school.

Music Implementation

Children at Hemington Primary School participate in a weekly music lesson from the music scheme ‘Sing Up’ and is taught by a  music teacher from Reception to Year 6. Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills. Lessons provide opportunities for children to develop practical skills and progress by listening and appraising, singing, playing, composing, and performing.

We promote an enjoyment and foster interest of music through regular singing practice weekly, musical workshops, and other extra- curricular opportunities such as the school choir and musical instrument tuition. Pupils are given the opportunity to listen to a range of music through various in and out of school opportunities. Performances take place within various school activities and are integral to the school ethos. We have regular music celebration assemblies and put on Christmas and Summer productions which all children in school participate.  Instrumental groups will be encouraged to perform in assembly whenever performances are ready to be heard.

Music skills progression is monitored, as is the delivery of music by the music lead teacher in school. The i-pad is used to record evidence of musical performances. Children use music note books to record/ write down their thoughts. We have a range of music equipment and resources that can easily be moved around the school.


Through Expressive Arts, children are taught to sing songs, make music and dance. Children are given opportunities to experiment with ways of changing sound and develop an understanding of pulse rhythm and pitch. Children are also encouraged to use everyday objects to make music and create sound.

Music Impact

The impact of our music curriculum will lead to good progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and the progression of their skills. Those children with a particular interest or aptitude in music will be given the opportunity to extend their education in a variety of ways, for example, music tuition groups, singing club, instrumental performances in assembly. Children will therefore be expected to leave Hemington Primary reaching at least age-related expected expectations in music. Our music curriculum will foster a love and increasing enthusiasm for the subject and the potential for life-long musical study.


  • Singing
  • Listening activities
  • Reading musical notes
  • Composition
  • Performances using percussion instruments
  • Tuned instrument teaching, for example, keyboards, toots/flutes

Schemes of Work

  • Sing Up


Whole school…

  • Summer Show – musical/drama production
  • Concerts/productions – Harvest, Christmas, Easter
  • Visiting theatre companies to perform in school
  • Theatre trips – pantomime, musicals etc
  • Performances from those who are having private lessons.
  • Choir

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Children at Hemington Primary are given the opportunity to learn a woodwind instrument, drums, tuned percussion instruments, recorders and the guitar.

Years 1-6 are offered the opportunity to take part in the Hemington Choir. These perform along with the band to parents and where possible link with Parish Council events.

Sing up

Please click on the red links below to find out what topics we are teaching in music as part of our rolling programme.

Rolling programme for music across the school- long term plan

Units at a Glance

Progression of Skills

Musical Performances at Hemington

The Hemington Rock Band perform to an audience.
Hemington pupils perform Christmas carols to their friends and families.