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Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-confidence, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.


At GEMS all pupils perform, listen to and review and evaluate music.

At KS2 pupils sing and play with increasing confidence, develop an understanding of musical composition, notation and music history.

At KS3 pupils extend their knowledge and skills and use conventions to compose their own music and use of technology.

Topic Overview





Year 5

Sing Up!! Singing together


Music History: Mambo - Bernstein 

Gamelan Music 


Just Play - Ukulele 

Music History: Habanera – Hector Berlioz 

Summer holiday: Songs from around the world 

Year 6

Find your voice (chords/ singing/ beatboxing) 


Christmas Song/Carol writing 


Just Play - Classroom ensemble scheme 


Music History: Pachelbel Canon 

Music History: Mars - Holst.  


African drumming and songs 

Year 7

Reggae – Just Play (Chords and rhythms) 


Protest song writing 

Music History: Trailblazers – Doctor Who; Found Sound and Orchestration 

Popular songs based on riffs. 


Samba drumming 

Music History: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu By Mason Bates 

Year 8

Film music – character themes / atmospheric music / action music 

Music History: In the hall of the Mountain King – Grieg (Just Play)/ Toccata and Fugue – Bach   


North East Folk Music. Modes and complex time signatures.  

Music History: Music for 18 musicians – Reich. Minimalism. 


Music and media: Games and advertising 


Informal song learning project. 


Peripatetic Lessons are available on the following instruments :

  • Violin, Viola, Cello
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard, Piano
  • Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Bass guitar
  • Drums
  • Trumpet, Tenor horn, Trombone