Yeo Moor Primary School

Yeo Moor Primary School

YM Music

Statement of Intent

At Yeo Moor, we recognise the importance that Music plays in shaping the whole child. Music is a useful tool in the classroom for helping children to learn and retain knowledge. It is also integral in building confidence, motivating pupils and encouraging team work and collaboration. Music is reflective of culture and society and can help children to understand the world they live in. Through exposure to a wide and varied selection of music from diverse communities children can also learn about other cultures, time periods and important events in history. Music has been used for centuries as a tool for change and protest and it can inspire a new generation to use their voices to make their own changes where they see a need for progress. Music connects communities and offers an opportunity to welcome artists, performers and parents into the school. At Yeo Moor we celebrate significant events with music, offering opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and share.   

 Every Yeo Moor Musician will:  

  • Develop an appreciation of music by performing, listening to, reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Make judgements about the quality and style of music.                  Heron Dimensions: Diversity; Community; Equality. 
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices in solo and ensemble singing experiences. Heron Dimensions: Community; Well being. 
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others, with purpose. Heron Dimensions: Community; Well being; Sustainability; Diversity; Equality. 
  • Have the opportunity to learn two, affordable musical instruments.                                        Heron Dimensions: Well being. 
  • Have the opportunity to perform in front of audiences (with an awareness of audiences), including their peers, families and others from both inside and outside of our school community.            Heron Dimensions: Community. 
  • Use a range of musical language to describe the inter related dimensions of music and musical notation. 
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated and use technology appropriately to create and edit their own music.


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. 

Knowledge Choice

EYFS: Being Imaginative and Expressive ELG

  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs;
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others
  • When appropriate, try to move in time with music.

Key stage 1

  • 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

  • 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 

End Points:

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes involved in the performing, composition and appreciation of music.