At St. Oswald’s our aims in teaching music are that all children will find enjoyment in creating and listening to music and see themselves as musicians.

Music lessons are taught by a specialist music teacher through an immersion in music and relevant musical vocabulary. The emphasis in our teaching of music is on learning through doing and we aim to help each child achieve competence and control in:-

  • singing
  • using instruments
  • making and classifying sounds
  • distinguishing pitch, dynamics, duration, tempo, form, timbre and texture using instruments
  • listening and responding

Throughout their music lessons children will have the opportunity to:

  • develop skills to use a range of instruments (including voice) and techniques competently.
  • feel able to express their ideas and feelings through musical creation.
  • learn to listen analytically and with concentration, developing an appropriate vocabulary to help discuss their own work and that of others.
  • understand the relationship between sound and symbol and develop a working knowledge of systems of notation for use in composing and performing.
  • appreciate and evaluate the work of a range of composers and musicians from their own and others cultures.
  • develop social skills through co-operation with others in sharing music making.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work has been formulated to provide good musical methodology and links to cross curricular themes throughout the year groups. We use the Sky Hub schemes of work published in 2017-2018 for EYFS and Key stages 1 and 2. Embedded within the scheme of work are the Music National Curriculum requirements of performing, creating and composing, listening and evaluating. There are opportunities for children in Key Stage one and Lower Key Stage two to visit the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and listen to live music performed by the orchestra. All children have the opportunity to participate in a whole school performance during the school year which includes music, dance and drama.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

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Music Resources (COVID-19)

Here are some music activities to have a go at while you are at home.

Some of the music will be familiar to you, be creative with your composing ideas and enjoy singing!

There are lots of exciting activities and songs on the BBC Bring the Noise website have a go at the songs on ‘Play It!’ – for Key Stage One ‘I am a Robot’

And Key Stage Two ‘Take Me Home’.

Have a go at composing your own piece of music!

Watch BBC Ten Pieces performance of Connect It composed by Anna Meredith  

Can you compose four different phrases? Use vocal sounds like humming, shouting, whispering, popping and body percussion sounds such as clapping, finger clicks, stamps, slap thigh. 

Write down symbols to show when each sounds is to be made to make a 'score' of your music.

Try and add layers of sound to your composition. For example you might have two layers of sounds like finger clicks and ssshh at the same time.  

There are lots of other pieces of music to listen to on BBC Ten Pieces.

Some other ideas can be found on the following websites:

Marvellous Musical Podcasts – David Walliams

There are 10 episodes looking at different composers, musicians and instruments and are delivered in a humorous and informative style with plenty of good music listening clips.

A wide range of well-constructed Educational Activities – Including VE Day – 75th Anniversary

We are really enjoying singing these songs  - 'Moving to the Music' from week six and 'Keep Calm and Carry On' from week seven from Out of the Ark  (Out of the Ark Music @ Home)

There are lots more songs, resources and ideas for activities, suitable for KS1 & KS2.

Camerata Mini Music Makers

Practical music making activities with professional musicians.  You will also learn a little bit about the instruments they play.

Youtube channel or via Facebook /

Episode 1 Key Stage 1 Instrument – Piano. You will need a small container with a lid (butter tub/Tupperware type box), small items to put inside (rice/pasta/beads), paper and drawing things (pencils/crayons)

Episode 2 Key Stage 2 Instrument – French Horn. You will need Lego to build an instrument, (if you don’t have Lego you can use anything you have at home i.e. spoons on a pan, rice or pasta in a tub to make sounds.)

Episode 3 Key Stage 1 Instrument – Violin. You will need a piece of paper, pens or Crayons (blue/green/yellow/black)

Episode 4 Key Stage 2 Instrument – Tuba. You will need household objects to make different sounds (the sounds you need will be explained during the episode)

Episode 5 Key Stage 2 Instrument – Piano. You will need paper and drawing materials, noise makers (spoons on pans/homemade shakers)

Episode 6 Key Stage 2 Instrument – French Horn. You will need paper and pens, Keyboard App


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