Welcome to Darnhall's Music Page

It is essential to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop skills and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms.

At Darnhall Primary we aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we endeavour to build up the confidence of all children. Children are given the opportunity to discover, explore and develop technical skills through practical music lessons.

Curriculum Information

 Early Years Foundation Stage:

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum lends itself to an integrated approach to learning. Nursery and Reception teachers plan quality learning opportunities for music and singing using the Early Years Curriculum. There is an emphasis on independence and child-initiated learning, which enables foundation stage children to freely explore resources and pursue their own creative interests and talents in addition to the planned learning experiences.

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.


Listening activities: Identifying instruments, genre/style, mood, tempo (slow, medium, fast or adagio, moderato, allegro). Dynamics (quiet, medium, loud & then introduce musical terminology such as piano (soft) mezzo-piano (medium soft) forte (loud) mezzo-forte (medium loud).  Listening to a variety of world music and using worksheets to identify musical elements.

Rhythm games: Clapping rhythms and learning to read rhythm from the treble clef. Start by hearing rhythms and copying them to develop listening skills. Then moving on to reading rhythm E.G. simple crotchet rhythms, quaver rhythms, minims and rests. This could be built up to using percussion instruments and playing together in small ensembles.

Treble Clef Pitch: Learn the notes of the treble clef using the mnemonic Every Good Boy Deserves Football and F A C E. This can be done with the learners hands, each finger representing the five lines of the treble clef.

Composition: This can be done with the iPads incorporating music technology elements. An app like Garageband allows you to drag and drop 'musical loops' creating your own piece of music. This requires very little musical knowledge and is more of a creative activity, so it is very accessible to everyone.

Music History: Looking at the development of popular music or focusing on classical music and composers from different periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century).

Instrumental Tuition: Mr Lambert will be providing guitar tuition and hopes to begin using ukuleles school wide. Ukuleles are fantastic as they are very simple to play and a good size for primary ages children.


Some good BBC Bitesize articles and videos covering these topics for KS2 here:

And KS1 here:

Files to Download

Sandyhill Road,
CW7 1JL,
and Darnhall School Lane CW7 1JR
Mrs Sarah Tomlinson, Headteacher
Mr Davie Kindon, SEN Contact