The Icknield Primary School

Thrive and achieve together!



Subject Leader - Rachel Holt


 "There are a number of options for pupils to take individual instrumental tuition or to join in group music making" (Ofsted, 2016)


National Curriculum


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:

  • 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 to develop an understanding of the history of music

Class Curriculum

The school use the Charanga Musical Scheme. 

Each year group will follow a set of units that cover the requirements of the National Curriculum; the units cover five core strands: listening & appraising, singing, composing, improvising and performing.

Singing Assembly

We have a weekly singing assembly where the whole school learn a range of materials to sing during other assemblies, at school events or sing for pleasure.


Instrumental Opportunities

School host some independent peripatetic instrumental teachers; they mainly teach piano and guitar. Contact details can be requested via the music lead.

Rocksteady also come into school each week; children in KS2 have the opportunity to be in a band, learning drums, keyboards, vocals, lead guitar or bass guitar. Each term ends with a concert to their parents and to the classes in KS2.