At Lime Tree Primary School, we believe that all children should have a good understanding of the world they live in and feel part of their community. In our school, Music brings our community together and provides opportunities for all children to sing, play, create and perform. They also have the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on different forms of music.

Through the fantastic resource 'Charanga Musical School Scheme', children are given the opportunity to listen to and appreciate a variety of music styles, including Pop, Old-School Hip Hop, Rock and Reggae, where they will also learn the history and understand the meaning behind a variety of songs. Due to Charanga being a repetition-based approach to learning, the same musical concept is revisited enabling a more secure, deeper understanding of musical skills.

This approach also supports children's confidence in using the key vocabulary taught unit upon unit, year after year.

Each Unit taught focus on the key strands of musical learning below:

1. Listening and Appraising

2. Musical Activities

  • Warm-up Games

  • Optional Flexible Games

  • Singing

  • Playing instruments

  • Improvisation

  • Composition

3. Performing

As part of Kingston's Wider Opportunity Programme, all children in Year Four learn to play a percussion instrument.

We also enjoy offering peripatetic lessons through Kingston's Music Service, with children currently learning to play the piano.​

While also taught as a stand-alone lesson, Music can be integrated into almost every subject of the curriculum, for example, creating a piece of artwork based on a piece of music, counting, doubling and halving in Maths or learning songs to support knowledge in other subjects.

Successful musicians will leave Lime Tree Primary School as confident and creative individuals who have the skill to be able to play at least one musical instrument, having developed their self-esteem and giving them a sense of achievement too.

Online Resources

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Music Milestones

EYFS Milestones

By the end of Reception, I will be able to:

  • Sing songs and rhymes using my loud, quiet, fast, slow, high and low voice

  • Sing along to different styles of music

  • Play percussion instruments to the beat

  • Recognise and clap along to the pulse in songs

  • Listen to music and talk about how it makes me feel

  • Play along to the phrase using the glockenspiel

  • Improvise rhythms to match phrases

  • Identify high pitched and low pitched sounds

Year 1 Milestones

By the end of Year 1, I will be able to:

  • Sing songs and rhymes

  • Play both the beat and rhythmic patterns using percussion

  • Play on the beat and offbeat

  • Recognise different styles of music

  • Listen to a piece of music and identify instruments

  • Find the pulse

  • Create my own sound effects to a song

  • Create different rhythms to match the song

Year 2 Milestones

By the end of Year 2, I will be able to:

  • Sing in tune with expression

  • Create different rhythms to match the song

  • Use notes to create my own composition

  • Follow a rhythm grid

  • Sing in two parts

  • Listen to music and identify its mood and how this is created e.g through dynamics, tempo, instrumentation etc.

  • Know how to improve my vocal health e.g. posture

Year 3 Milestones

By the end of Year 3, I will be able to:

  • Use my voice to create different sounds

  • Use expression and dynamics to change the sound of my voice

  • Play along on the glockenspiel

  • Recognise how a song is structured e.g introduction, chorus

  • Listen back to my performance and look at ways at improving it

  • Conduct others

  • Improvise within a given melodic tone set, keeping the beat

Year 4 Milestones

By the end of Year 4, I will be able to:

  • Use expression and dynamics to change the sound of my voice

  • Work together as an ensemble

  • Read basic rhythmic notation

  • Identify a style of a piece of music

  • Recognise the length of notes

Year 5 Milestones

By the end of Year 5, I will be able to:

  • Play a basic sequence of notes over the top of a backing

  • Compose a melody on top of a backing track of chords

  • Play along on the glockenspiels

  • Improvise and sing my own rap

  • Compose a piece of music with a beginning, middle and end

Year 6 Milestones

By the end of Year 6, I will be able to:

  • Maintain an independent part within a small group

  • Maintain my part in a 2 part piece of music

  • Compare and contrast the work of composers and a range of music and explain where they fit into History

  • Describe music using a range of musical language e.g. tempo, dynamics

  • Record my compositions on a stave

  • Compose using a variety of different musical devices e.g. melody and rhythm.