Our music curriculum aims to support children in developing listening, composing and performing skills through a variety of activities. We attempt to develop children’s confidence as musicians, playing, performing, singing and interpreting music for a variety of audiences.

Children learn at a level appropriate to them and progress in many skills. This is maintained throughout the school and results in a variety of performances, thus enabling all children to feel a sense of achievement. Music is part of life at Marlborough Primary School and our children enjoy a wide range of opportunities as part of their lessons and through extra-curricular activities.

In each year group, children are encouraged to perform, listen to, review and evaluate their own music and that of others. We develop singing and use of a wide range of tuned and untuned instruments to compose and engage with/respond to music. Children can sing and perform music from other cultures, other periods in history and from a variety of styles and learn about various turning points that changed music.

Children explore the elements of music such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure. In many cases, this learning is linked with the topic work in the year group to support the topic and enhance the experiences of the children.

Musical highlights at Marlborough include, opportunities for various classes to work with the high school and create performance pieces to share with an audience. We have visited the ‘Halle’ orchestra and played along during their performances at the Bridgewater Hall. We take part in the “Macclesfield Music Festival” where children sing and play with a variety of other school from our local area.

The choir has attended the “Young Voices” concert for many years in Manchester, singing with over 20,000 other voices to an arena filled audience. We have also attending concerts locally, such as singing at Capesthorne Hall for their Christmas event, raising money at local supermarkets and supporting an Alzheimer’s charity called “Open the Door”. We are particularly proud of this as the children were superb, both in their behaviour and performance, as they sang and joined in with the activities the group arranged.

Children have the opportunity to learn a range of musical instruments at Marlborough, including, recorders, flutes, drums, guitar, piano and keyboards. We organise a musical evening every term and the children perform their music to a large audience, which is a great way to develop their skills in performing.

The highlight of the musical year is our annual “Festival on the Field”, where all the children, in year groups, perform around a common theme. The children sing and dance on the school field to a large audience. The children gain confidence and musical ability during this time. We have several large performances during the Christmas period too, for example, the KS2 children sing at the local church. We like to support the local community where we can.

Underneath you can find the end of year expectations for Music. There are also some links to websites where children can explore and develop musical knowledge and skills.


Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

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

play tuned and untuned instruments musically

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

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


Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

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

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

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

use and understand staff and other musical notations

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

develop an understanding of the history of music.

Here are some links to songs from the choir on our soundcloud:


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