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Music at Compton


Our vision at Compton CE Primary School is that every child will be encouraged to be creative and develop a lifelong love of music. We want all of our children to be inspired and develop self-confidence through performing. As pupils progress, children will be able to compose their own music and manipulate musical elements for an intended purpose. Music will promote essential life skills such as self-confidence, co-operation, self-discipline and commitment.

To enable our pupils to achieve this, we will develop these areas of teaching:

  • A range of practical and theoretical tasks
  • Singing
  • Playing tuned and untuned instruments
  • Composition skills
  • Comprehension of key musical terms
  • Appreciation of different styles of music

At Compton CE Primary School our music curriculum is mainly taught by class teachers  and some class teachers. Discrete music lessons occur once a week with the aid of the online music platform Charanga. Music in EYFS is explored through independent learning opportunities and regular singing aids learning in class. As well as this, all our staff participate in the teaching of wider music coverage, such as our Sing Up assemblies and annual KS1 and KS2 productions. We provide opportunities for our gifted and talented pupils to showcase their musical gift through assemblies, clubs and showcases.



What music looks like in lessons:

  • All children engaged in their learning
  • Learning will build on previous knowledge
  • Key vocabulary taught
  • Practical and interactive
  • Memory and coordination activities
  • Chances to rehearse and perform a musical piece
  • Opportunities to play tuned and untuned instruments
  • Discussions about different genres of music
  • Singing expressively
  • Musical notation taught in KS2
  • Developing an understanding of the history of music
  • 1 formal session a week


What music looks like outside of lessons:

  • Berkshire Maestros teaching of a musical instrument in small groups weekly (chosen and paid by parents)
  • Berkshire Maestros teaching year 4 a musical instrument annually
  • Regular Sing Up practices with class teacher
  • Sing Up performance half termly
  • Weekly singing assemblies
  • Singing opportunities in other daily assemblies
  • Choir club
  • Daily music and movement breaks


Formative Assessment:


  • Verbal Feedback – the vast majority of feedback is in conversation with the pupil at the time of learning
  • Video evidence recorded and uploaded when necessary to the assessment tool on Charanga

Summative Assessment:

  • Class teacher to check in with teacher who teaches music termly to discuss grades and progress of students
  • Class teacher to check in with any Berkshire Music Maestros Music teachers termly to check progress of students



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