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Music at Gateway Primary School

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Gateway, music brings our school community together through different enjoyable activities and the pupils develop a love of music. Pupils will participate in a range of high quality musical experiences, throughout their school life from Foundation Stage to Year 6.  Consequently, pupils will develop as musicians with an increase in self-confidence. They develop their understanding of how music is structured and how it is performed in different cultures around the world.


Music offers children an opportunity to:

  • Progress in skills through our linear curriculum allows the opportunity for pupils to gradually build on their musical knowledge and skills (see the progression in skills document for more detail).
  • Engage in activities where they listen, perform and evaluate music across a range of genres and traditions.
  • Develop their ability to sing and use their voices to compose music on their own and with others.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated through the different musical dimensions. For example, pitch, duration, tempo, texture and musical notation.
  • Learn about the works of great composers and musicians from different historical periods.
  • Make links with other curriculum areas within the topic based curriculum. For example: listening to music during ‘Times Table Rock Stars’; performing dances in P.E. lessons; and learning songs in French.
  • Listen to live musical performances within school and the local community, including the annual pantomime trip.
  • Participate in a weekly singing assembly to develop singing skills and gain an understanding of how ensembles work.
  • Perform in school productions, including Christmas plays and a Year 6 end of primary school show. 
  • Learn to play a musical instrument, such as African drums and untuned percussion instruments.
  • Within the local community, perform at different locations for a variety of occasions. For example, carol services and for the RAF personnel.
  • Take part in extracurricular activities, such as choir and peripatetic music lessons.


Music lessons at Gateway allow children to:

  • Feel part of the school community and bring their families together.
  • Develop wellbeing and confidence within themselves, as well as listening and evaluative skills.
  • Recognise their creative talents and a sense of achievement.
  • Embed teamwork skills within shared musical experiences.
  • Be inspired to continue with building their musical ability in the future.
  • Deepen their cultural and historical understanding through musical activities.