Music Curriculum Overview


“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.”

National Curriculum in England: Music Programmes of Study

At Somerville, teachers provide children with a varied and rich curriculum in which they can enjoy and achieve to the best of their abilities. Music is embedded across the school from Nursery to Year 6, through engaging cross curricular lessons. The children are taught a range of skills, from using their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs, to using and understanding musical notation.

We are also extremely lucky to be working in partnership with the Birmingham Music Service peripatetic teachers, who we have in school each week, to provide children across the school with specialist teaching. We have Mr Ranger, who works with Nursery and Year 1, building confidence through performance of different songs, and introducing them to the world of Music. We also provide Year 4 students with Violin, Flute or Guitar lessons on a weekly basis. As part of wider opportunities, children then have the opportunity to continue playing their instrument in Year 5 and 6 if they wish, to further enhance their skills.

We also have a Somerville School ensemble, which encourages children from local schools, to join together to share their passion for music, playing a range of different instruments. For those children who take part in Wider Opportunities classes this is an amazing opportunity to play as part of a group, rather than individually, and helps them immeasurably with their progression. The Band meet once a week on Wednesdays and provide a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year. The sessions are designed to create a balance between musical development and also providing an enjoyable, fun environment for children.


Nursery – Year 2

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.

UN Convention Rights of the child: Article 31: (Leisure, play and culture)

Article 13: (Freedom of expression)


 Years 3-6

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.


UN Convention Rights of the child: Article 15: (Freedom of association)

Article 29: (Goals of education)


Miss S Taylor
(Music Leader)