Subject Intent

 As musicians, we listen to music and compose, by arranging sounds in time through the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre, to develop my own identity and understand others.

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

·        To play tuned and untuned instruments musically

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

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


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

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

·        To listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

·        To use and understand staff and other musical notations

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

·        To develop an understanding of the history of music.

Key Documents

1. Music at USL

2. Curriculum Progression - Music

3. Music Policy

4. Music Action Plan 23-24

5. Scaffolding in Music

6. SMSC in Music

7. British Values in Music at USL

8. Long Term Planning Documents

At Upton St Leonards, we follow a commercial resource for all our Music planning (Charanga - link here Our teachers use these schemes of work as the basis of our planning and then amend as necessary to meet the needs of their class. We are therefore unable to share any of these planning documents on our website for parents/carers to look at as we do not have the rights to re-distribute. If you are interested in finding out more about our Music curriculum beyond what we have included on this page, please speak to our Music leader - Miss Keightley.

9. Peripatetic Lessons

As well as a broad music curriculum, pupils at USL have the option to take part in peripatetic music lessons through one of our music teachers. We currently offer the following lessons: keyboard, piano, guitar, ukele and violin. We also use Rock Steady ( where children become part of a school band and perform at Rock Concerts in the School Hall 6 times a year. These music lessons do come with a small weekly cost. 

For more information about peripatetic music lessons or to register your child, please speak to the school office.

School Vision

Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another