Music at Westrop Primary School

Music at Westrop is integrated in all that we do. We listen to music as we come into assembly, in our corridors music plays each morning and sometimes we have music on to help us work.
We love to SING ! and have achieved our GOLD SING UP AWARD
Our choirs always enter the Swindon Music Festival at the Oasis.
In year 2 we all learn to play the Ukele and in years 3 and 4 Samba Drumming. You can pay for instrumental lessons organised by Swindon Music Co-operative and learn an instrument of your choice during the school day as part of a group or on your own.
A new recorder club is starting for KS2 children.
We also enjoy visits from musical experts so we can listen to different styles of music and learn about the instruments that are being played.
Each year we have lots of dramatic productions which we all take part in, learning new songs and using our musical skills including production and composing.
Charanga music is a new scheme which is allowing us to develop our musical skills even further in our lessons.
At the end of each year we hold an amazing talent show – Westrop’s Got Talent !!
A celebration of all that we can do.


National Curriculum for MUSIC

Purpose of study
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.



The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

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 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.