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Eastbury Community School


We are proud to once again be recognised a Music Mark School.



At Eastbury Community Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.  


The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. Through the borough's music programme, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver whole class ensemble teaching, following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding.

The elements of music are taught in whole class lessons so that children can use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom, children learn how to play and progress in a variety of instruments from Year 1 to Year 6.  Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. 

At Eastbury, EYFS follow the early years framework and music is incorporated as part of expressive arts and design. The learning environments are  also engaging and allow for exploration and creativity. KS1 have 30 mins Instrument lessons and 30 mins Charanga lessons each week, building on singing and the implementation of musical elements. Additionally, KS2 have 1 hour whole class instrument lessons.  

Musical Instrument lessons:

Year 1 - Recorders

Year 2 - Toots

Year 3 - PBuzz

Year 4 - Ukuleles

Year 5 - Violins 

Year 6 - Brass Trumpet

In addition to this, children at Eastbury have the opportunity to engage with music in many other ways, such as:

  • Performance opportunities - Autumn, Spring and Summer. 
  • KS2 choir
  • Assemblies and concerts 
  • Musician of the Term
  • Special visits and events (e.g. Theatre trips)
  • RockSteady Music School
  • PianoFunClub 
  • Productions 
  • Young Voices
  • LBBD Primary Music Festival


Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – as either listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. At Eastbury, Community Primary School children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives. 


How is the curriculum sequenced? 
At Eastbury Community school we focus on different strategies and steps to teaching Music. We have a vision that every child has the opportunity to learn a Musical instrument. We also believe in giving children excellent opportunities so they can have experiences that they otherwise may not get. 

At Eastbury we are composers and create music (including technology and improvising) We are performers and play music (including singing).

At Eastbury we can listen to and understand music (including different traditions, styles, key composers and their works, history and the orchestra).

At Eastbury we can use and understand musical notation (including rhythm patterns and notes on treble clef stave).

How are you building on prior knowledge and skills? 

We are fortunate to have external teachers who have the skills to reflect on the children's learning and adapt their teaching to fill any gaps within their prior knowledge. Each lesson the children are learning practical and theoretical Music within their lessons and lessons are sequenced to build on prior knowledge and skills in these areas.  In KS1, Charanga lessons are also part of the curriculum and help to build on previous learning and allowing for skill progression. 




“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 to the best in the musical canon”

National Curriculum Music (2014)

Medium Term Planning

KS1 Charanga

Music Skills Progression

Year 1-6 Music_Sequence_of_Progression.pdf


Knowledge Organisers

Instrument Lessons


Charanga KS1






 Primary Music Policy 2024


Useful Links



BBC Ten Pieces https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces have started their excellent Musical Menu


LSO Discovery https://lso.co.uk/lso-discovery/digital-resources.html  have video presentations for Key Stage 1 -3


 A  comprehensive list of what is available  https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/music_teacher/resources-for-at-home-music-learning-for-teachers-and-parents/



Music Mark Certificate



Concerts and events 23-24

Young Voices at the O2

Once again, the KS2 choir had a fantastic time being part of such an inspiring evening performing at the O2. 









Autumn Concert



 Y1 Nativity








Examples of Good Practice 

Every year group from Year 1 to Year 6 will learn a Musical Instrument. 

This is helping children with their Music theory and allowing them to have this incredible practical experience. We are building budding musicians at our school. 

 Year 4 Ukuleles



Primary Music Festival 2023

Year 2 African Drumming

 This workshop was an amazing immersive experience that consolidated Year 2’s knowledge in Geography and Music.

“ The best part was the performance. I loved performing my end piece!” Arthur Year 2

“I loved the part when we learnt words in Swahili” Zaki Year 2

Year 3 at the Barbican 2023

London Symphony Orchestra 

 The event immersed the children into the music of the American composer George Gherswin.  As part of the event, they learnt a song about George's journey into composing music. 



 Theatre Trips 2023

We were very fortunate to have secured discounted tickets to some fantastic West End shows that have inspired our children. 




Example lessons that have been taking place at ECS. 


Year 2


 Year 4


Year 6