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Our choir had a brilliant experience as they took part in this year’s Songfest 22. They joined together with over 15 other primary schools in East and West Cornwall to sing 8 songs that that they have been practising over the last few months. They all had an amazing time, despite the nerves, and were a credit to Pensilva with their singing, enthusiasm and behaviour. I’m sure it is an experience they won’t forget having had the opportunity to perform on stage at Plymouth Pavilions in front of a huge audience and with a live band accompanying them.

Music Rationale

At Pensilva Primary School we want to develop a lifelong appreciation for, and enjoyment of music within our pupils. We want them to, enjoy their music lessons, embrace their musical opportunities and foster a creativity which will inspire them to become song writers, composers, music producers or even rock stars! We believe that music helps our children to develop self-confidence and a sense of achievement. We want to give children the opportunity to play and perform a range of instruments including those from other cultures that they wouldn’t usually have access to.

By the end of the EYFS we aim for children to:

  •        Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
  •        Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  •        Play instruments to express their feelings and ideas.
  •        Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others and try to move in time with music.

By the end of KS1 we aim for children to:

  •        Use their voices expressively 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.
  •        Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music by exploring with timbre, tempo and dynamics.

By the end of KS2 we aim for children to:

  •        Sing and play musically with confidence and control.
  •        Understand how of music is composed and organise and manipulate ideas within musical structures.
  •        Reproduce sounds from aural memory.
  •        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.
  •        Listen with attention to detail, recalling sounds with increasing aural memory.
  •        Use and understand the basics of 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.
  •        Had the opportunity to take part in specialist music tuition involving a range of instruments.


The music curriculum can be divided into four strands:

  • ·        Listening

    This concept involves appreciating the features and effectiveness of musical elements.

    ·        Compose

    This concept involves appreciating that music is created through a process which has a number of techniques.

    ·        Perform

    This concept involves understanding that music is created to be performed.

    ·       The History of Music (KS2)