Our School


Our Intent

At Holycroft Primary School, our music curriculum is designed to be accessible to all so that every child can gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.

Our intent is to build a music curriculum that is progressive and builds upon previous learning whilst promoting a love of music and singing across a broad curriculum. We will encourage children to participate in opportunities to demonstrate a love of music and to showcase their skills.

Music Curriculum Overview

Eary Years Foundation Stage

In our early years foundation stage music is intertwined accross our curriculum. We make music using percussions instruments and everyday objects in provision areas both inside and outside.

In Nursery we:

·         Remember and sing entire songs.

·         Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).

·         Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.

·         Create their own songs or improvise a song around one they know.

·         Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas.

In Reception we:

·         Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.

·         Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.

·         Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.

·         Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs

·         Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

In KS1 and KS2 Music is taught following the Charanga scheme of work. Over KS1 and KS2 a range of different music genres and songs and taught and children learn to listen and appraise, improvise, compose and perfrom.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Autumn 1

Title – Hey you

Style – Old School hip hop

Unit Theme - How pulse, rhythm and pitch work together.

Title – Hands Feet Heart

Style – Afropop, South African

Unit Theme – South african music

Title – Let your spirit fly

Style – RnB

Unit Theme – RnB and other styles

Autumn 2

Title - Rhythm In The Way We Walk and

Style – Reggae

Unit Theme - Pulse, rhythm and pitch, rapping, dancing and singing.

Title – Ho Ho Ho

Style – A song with rapping and improvising for Christmas

Unit Theme – Festivals and Christmas

Title – Glockenspiel Stage 1

Style –  N/A

Unit Theme - Exploring & developing playing skills

Spring 1

Title – In the Groove

Style – Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk, Funk

Unit Theme - How to be in the groove with different styles of music

Title – I Wanna Play in a Band

Style – Rock

Unit Theme – Playing together in a band

Title – Three Little Birds

Style – Reggae

Unit Theme – Reggae and animals

Spring 2

Title – Round and Round

Style – Bossa Nova

Unit Theme - Pulse, rhythm and pitch in different styles of music.

Title – Zootime

Style – Reggae

Unit Theme – Raggae and animals

Title – The Dragon Song

Style – A pop song that tells a story

Unit Theme - Music from around the world, celebrating our differences and being kind to one another

Summer 1

Title – Your Imagination

Style – Pop

Unit Theme – Use your imagination

Title – Friendship song

Style – Pop

Unit Theme – A song about being friends.

Title – Bringing us together

Style – Disco

Unit Theme - Disco, friendship, hope and unity

Summer 2

Title – Reflect, Rewind, Replay

Style – Classical

Unit Theme - The history of music, look back and consolidate your learning, learn some of the language of music.

Title – Reflect, Rewind, Replay

Style – Classical

Unit Theme - The history of music, look back and consolidate your learning, learn some of the language of music

Title – Reflect, Rewind, Replay

Style – Classical

Unit Theme - The history of music, look back and consolidate your learning, learn some of the language of music


Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

Year 4 children access Bradford Music service and have a weekly recorder lesson from a specialist teacher

Title – Livin’ on a prayer

Style –  Rock

Unit Theme – Rock Anthems

Title –  Happy

Style –  Pop / Neo Soul

Unit Theme – Being happy

Autumn 2

Title – Classroom Jazz

Style –  Bossa Nova and Swing

Unit Theme – Jazz and improvisation

Title – Classroom Jazz

Style –  Bacharach and Blues

Unit Theme - Jazz, improvisation and composition

Spring 1

Title –  Make you feel my love

Style –  Pop Ballads

Unit Theme – Pop Ballads

Title – Queen, We will rock you

Style –  Classic rock

Unit Theme – Classic rock from the 80s and 90s

Spring 2

Title – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Style –  Old-School Hip-Hop

Unit Theme - Old-School Hip-Hop

Title – You’ve Got A Friend

Style –  70s Ballad/Pop

Unit Theme - The music of Carole King

Summer 1

Title – Dancing in the streets

Style –  Mo Town

Unit Theme – Mo Town

Title – Dont stop believing

Style –  Rock anthems from the 80s

Unit Theme - Rock anthems from the 80s

Summer 2

Title – Is this the way to Amarillo?

Style –  Pop rock

Unit Theme -

Learning, composing and performing a range of music for the Year 6 end of year performance.