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At St Luke's we aim to instil in children a sense of fun and enjoyment throughout their whole music learning journey.  Immersive and creative activities allow children to experiment with sounds and effects in performance and composition, and we aim to develop an appreciation and love of music across a wide variety of genres.


There is clear progression through Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, in terms of understanding of musical styles, music history and culture.  All children are given the opportunity to play and perform on both tuned and untuned instruments as part of an ensemble.


The main learning strands throughout Early Years and Key Stage One are:


  • Music appreciation and culture
  • Music theory
  • Introduction to music technology
  • Performance


Children are introduced to familiar songs, such as nursery rhymes, and are taught key musical concepts, such as rhythm and pitch.  This is done through the use of games and kinaesthetic activities.  Children learn about world music and begin to discuss and analyse why they do or do not like certain sounds and musical genres.  They learn about different types of instruments, and in Key Stage One, children have the chance to make their own percussion instruments and perform Samba music together.


The main learning strands to the Key Stage Two music curriculum are:


  • Performance 
  • Composition
  • Music appreciation, culture and history
  • Music theory
  • Music Technology 


Children learn to perform traditional and contemporary pieces with the following instruments:


  • Year 3 - Percussion instruments
  • Year 4 - Vocals
  • Year 5 - The ukulele
  • Year 6 - The keyboard


The composition element of the curriculum across Key Stage Two is heavily intertwined with the use of technology. Children learn how to compose, produce and play music in a variety of different styles and  for different purposes.  Children learn key concepts such as rhythm, melody and harmony, whilst creating songs as part of soundscapes and soundtracks. Children also have the opportunity to learn about the many skills used by modern musicians in modern music production and are able to use some of this technology themselves.


RECOVERY CURRICULUM – COVID 19 (September 2021 latest update)


Throughout school closures, we were unable to teach the music curriculum, due to covid regulations, and we recognise that learning will have been lost due to the pandemic. Since returning to school in September 2021, along with the updated covid regulations, we have been able to reintroduce music to St. Luke's.  We have done this through a variety of different ways, for example having whole school singing assemblies and specialised lessons taught by Technola.  We have also had Manchester based Christian charity, iSing Pop in school to teach the children faith-centred songs, which culminated in a whole school concert.  We also have a variety of extra curricular activities available for the children, such as Music Club, and we are working collaboratively with several different schools in the Greater Manchester area for Manchester Sings, an event which is open to our Year 4 and Year 5 children.  This event will take place in November at Manchester Cathedral.  Other opportunities will also be available for other year groups throughout the year.


Have a look on Twitter at the fantastic music work going on at St Luke's: #Stlukesburywidercurriculum