Primary School

Ready, Respectful and Safe


Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Intent: What we are trying to achieve in our curriculum?

Our curriculum is designed to meet and address the needs of the children who attend our school. It is ambitious, inclusive, broad and balanced. It is designed to provide a progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary with clear end points, at the end of key phases in school. The threads ‘Be ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe’ provide the intent of our curriculum design and are implemented throughout Music.


What do we want to develop in our children at Kirklevington?

What does this look like in our School?

Be Ready

Be Ambitious – aim high, exposure to experts and role models, challenge provided in teaching knowledge, skills and vocabulary

  • Music is taught by subject specialists/ music experts from KS1 to KS2 (Apollo Music, Tees Valley Youth Service, and Conyers Music Afternoon Y4).
  • Opportunities to study historical and modern musicians.
  • Music curriculum progression extends knowledge, skills and musical vocabulary of all abilities.
  • Peripatetic music lessons offer further opportunities for increasing and developing skills and vocabulary.
  • Opportunities for children to showcase skills through performance opportunities for an audience- in class, whole school music performance, nativities, school performances, special assemblies (for example Harvest).
  • Musical performances from live musicians and ensembles.


Be Independent – Prepared for now, the next steps and for life

  • Children are given opportunities to visit Conyers secondary school to participate in Music sessions- Conyers Challenge, Year 4 music at Conyers.
  • Children are encouraged to carry and set up their own musical instruments and equipment. They develop the skills to tune their own instruments (ukulele or guitar) and to clean them.
  • Assessment in Music identifies the next steps in children’s learning and offer challenge to competent musicians.
  • Children are encouraged to explore and make choices regarding notation, rhythm and instruments independently, to begin to make their own choices when creating musical compositions.
  • Opportunities for trips to see live Music performances provided to build future aspirations.


Be Resilient – confident, develop self-regulation, well-being strategies and be problem solvers

  • Children develop confidence through performance opportunities.
  • Singing, listening to and instruments opportunities give a chance for wellbeing through enjoyment of music.
  • Breathing techniques used within music offer chance for control and self-regulation.
  • Music for enjoyment is encouraged within lessons, assemblies and opportunities to view live musical performances.
  • Opportunities for children to progress from whole group performance to small ensembles, duets and solo performance to increase confidence through their school journey.


Be Respectful

Respectful behaviours – towards ourselves, our peers and others

  • Children are taught how to be a respectful audience to others during performance work.
  • Children are taught listening skills which are progressive throughout their music journey.
  • Social skills of sharing equipment and instruments within lessons is encouraged.
  • Children learn how to work in small groups and with others.
  • Children are taught how to appraise the work of others appropriately from expert musicians to their own class peers.
  • Children are taught how to be respectful while wating for their turn to perform- listening for their turn and sitting quietly while others perform before them in class, during class performances or larger performances.


Respect rights -RRSA – Understand our rights, how they affect our lives and rights of children globally, celebrating differences

  • A selection of music is used from different countries and cultures within lessons to celebrate global diversity and language of music.
  • Children use performance as opportunities in the local community- carol singing at the local care home, Yarm Christmas Tree lighting and the local Church.
  • Children have their right to develop their talents and abilities (Article 29) and the right to take part in cultural and creative activities. (Article 31)



Respect the environment – our school, the community and the wider world

  • Children are encouraged to carefully tidy away instruments and equipment from lessons independently including cleaning instruments.
  • Children are taught to be respectful as an audience during performance visits such as to a theatre.
  • Children are taught how to behave appropriately respectfully when visiting places to perform such as the care home and church.



Be Safe

Keep ourselves safe – know how to report concerns and worries, including with friendships

  • Children are given time to practise before performance, so they are confident in what they are doing.
  • Children are always positively encouraged to perform to build confidence but not forced. If they are worried about performing, they know how to let adults know about their worries.


Being safe in the school and community – Knowledge about, our families, the school, the local context and wider world

  • Children are taught how to handle and carry and play instruments carefully.
  • Children are how to set up instruments in a safe way to avoid accident for others such as tripping.



Being safe online –Using technology for the right reasons and knowing its limitations

  • Children are taught how to be safe when using online technology to create music.
  • Children are reminded about internet safety and the dangers of posting musical performances on the internet of themselves or others.


At Kirklevington Primary School, we make music a very enjoyable learning experience. The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as our weekly singing assemblies, peripatetic lessons and music performances.

Singing lies at the heart of our school and everyone is involved in weekly singing practice. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure, organisation and different forms of music. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to understand how music is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Children have opportunities to perform songs they have learned within the school Nativity and the end of Year Performance for KS2. There is also an opportunity for both KS1 and KS2 children to become members of the school choir. As part of the choir, they have opportunities to perform within Music Performance afternoons or within the local community at the local care home and Christmas tree lighting.

In KS1, children are taught music through carefully planned lessons involving singing and the use of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Each year, children also take part in a rhythm and percussion workshop provided by a music specialist from Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS). 

In KS2, music lessons are provided by a music specialist from Apollo Music as part of Conyers School Go Music initiative. The curriculum provided to children in the school is progressive in design and previous skills are built on as children move through each year group. Children learn how to read notation and have the opportunity to learn tuned and untuned instruments, which include ukulele and keyboard. As the year progresses they are able to use these skills to create their own compositions and perform to others.

All children have the option to learn an instrument within their time at Kirklevington Primary School. A wide range of peripatetic opportunities are offered to all age groups starting with ukulele at EYFS, through to keyboard and guitar at KS1 and KS2. Children in KS2 also have the opportunity to learn a woodwind and stringed instruments or drums, if they wish to. Each week our rock school meet as part of an extra-curricular group.

During the year, all children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding, skills and techniques in music. We are very proud of our musical achievements at Kirklevington Primary School. We welcome parents to our annual music performance afternoons and productions throughout the year to share the musical ability we have at our school.

Whole School Music Skills and Knowledge Progression Map
Whole School Music Topics
Music Vocabulary Map


Teachers will assess children’s work in music by making informal judgments during lessons as children demonstrate their ability in music in a variety of different ways. Teachers assess work and give oral or written feedback as necessary to inform future progress. Older pupils are encouraged to make judgements about how they can improve their own work. Assessment is done by observing children working and performing, by listening to their responses and by examining work produced. KS2 children also take part in a listening skills test each term.

Music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. Through the child’s journey at Kirklevington Primary School, their musical skills and understanding are built on year on year, from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns in KS1, to more advanced techniques skills, and understanding in lower KS2, further developing in upper KS2 where the children are able to play an instrument confidently, and have the ability to read and follow a simple musical score and perform to an audience. Throughout all of this, the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.