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Progession in Music

Progression in Musical knowledge, concepts and skills

Year 1

Year 2

Progression in Musical knowledge, concepts and skills

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6



Pupils should be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes


Make different sounds with voice and with instruments.


Follow instructions about when to play and sing.


Sing or clap increasing and decreasing tempo.


Perform simple patterns and accompaniments keeping a steady pulse




play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression


Play clear notes on instruments and use different elements in composition.


Sing songs from memory with accurate pitch.


Maintain own part whilst others are performing their part.


Sing in harmony confidently and accurately.


Perform parts from memory.


Take the lead in a performance.


Playing an instrument


Pupils should be taught to play tuned and untuned instruments musically


Use instruments to perform and choose sounds to represent different things.





Play simple rhythmic patterns on an instrument.




improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music


Combine different sounds to create a specific mood or feeling.


Use notation to record compositions in a small group or individually.


Compose music which meets specific criteria


Choose the most appropriate tempo for a piece of music


Use a variety of different musical devices in composition (including melody, rhythms and chords).


Listening and appreciate


Pupils should be taught to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music


Say whether they like or dislike a piece of music.


Make connections between notations and musical sounds.




listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory


Listen carefully and recognise high and low phrases.


Explain why silence is often needed in music and explain what effect it has.


Repeat a phrase from the music after listening intently.


Accurately recall a part of the music listened to.


Create own music


Pupils should be taught to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music


Clap and repeat short rhythmic and melodic patterns.

Make a sequence of sounds and respond to different moods in music.


Order sounds to create a beginning, middle and an end.

Create music in response to different starting points.


Use and understand


use and understand staff and other musical notations


Create repeated patterns with different instruments.


Improve my work; explaining how it has been improved.


Use notation to record and interpret sequences of pitches.


Use music diary to record aspects of the composition process


Analyse features within different pieces of music







appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians


Use musical words to describe a piece of music and compositions.


Use musical words to describe what they like and do not like about a piece of music.


Identify and describe the different purposes of music.


Describe, compare and evaluate music using musical vocabulary.


Explain why they think music is successful or unsuccessful.


Evaluate how the venue, occasion and purpose affects the way a piece of music is created.





History of music


develop an understanding of the history of music


Recognise the work of at least one famous composer.


Begin to identify the style of work of Beethoven, Mozart and Elgar.


Contrast the work of a famous composer with another and explain preferences.


Compare and contrast the impact that different composers from different times have had on people of that time.