Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Great Dalby we aim to offer a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We are very proud that this year we have been awarded membership of Music Mark which is a National organisation for Music Education, in recognition of our commitment to providing high quality music education for all our children.

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

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


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

§ use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

§ play tuned and untuned instruments musically

§ listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

§ experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

§ play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

§ improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

§ listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

§ use and understand staff and other musical notations

§ appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

§ develop an understanding of the history of music.


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Music Provision at Great Dalby

The use of percussion Instruments, songs and rhymes, a variety of music introduced by the teacher in cross curricular topic approach planning ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage One are met. We also have music teaching resources in school which ensure that as untrained musicians, our teachers are supported when delivering the National Curriculum for Music.

The government’s National Plan for Music Education states that every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole class ensemble teaching (WCET). Three years ago we invited the support of Leicestershire Music Education Hub to lead whole class ensemble teaching of a range of brass instruments. WCET projects are led by high-quality music leaders who, alongside the class teacher work together as a team to develop the musical skills of the pupils.

Pupils have the opportunity to perform at our Christmas and end of year celebrations as well as performing at De Montfort Hall to peers and parents. Children start WCET music lessons in Year 4 which are fully funded by the school for the whole year. Instruments are loaned free of charge for the entirety of the initial project. In Years 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to continue with weekly lessons at a subsided rate to which parents contribute. We are delighted that our children make significant progress and most choose to continue with lessons in Years 5 and 6.