Clavering Primary School

  1. Learning
  3. Music Curriculum


For more information, please contact Mr McAvoy (Deputy Headteacher), Mr Savage (The Arts, PE & PSHEE Leader) and/or your child's/children's teacher(s).


  • 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.

Aims of the Clavering Curriculum for Music

The Clavering Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians;
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence;
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Clavering Learning Foci for Music 

1. To listen and appraise.

2. To perform.

3. To improvise and compose.

The Interrelated Dimensions of Music within the Clavering Curriculum for Music 

Pulse (duration): steady beat

Rhythm (duration): long and short sounds over a steady beat

Pitch: high and low sounds

Tempo: fast and slow

Dynamics: loud and quiet

Topics studied in each year group


  • Each unit contains elements of all three learning foci and all eight interrelated dimensions of music.
  • Each non-instrumental based unit tends to centre around one key song and genre.
  • Units marked with as asterisk (*) are taught by the class teacher and Tees Valley Music Service.
  • Children have at least twenty-four hours of music tuition per year.
  • The number in brackets indicates the minimum number of hours allocated to each unit.

Year 1:

Hey You! (Hip Hop) (6)

In the groove (a song demonstrating different styles of music) (6)

Rhythm in the way we walk (Reggae) and The Banana Rap (Hip Hop) (6)

Round and Round (Bossa Nova Latin style) (6)

Year 2:

Hands, Feet, Heart (South African music) (6)

I wanna play in a rock band (Rock) (6)

Zootime (Reggae)

Glockenspiel 1

Year 3:

Recorder lessons (6)

The Dragon Song (Folk song) (6)

Let your spirit fly (Rhythm and blues) (6)

Glockenspiel (6)

Year 4:

Ukulele lessons (6)

Blackbird (Civil rights) (6)

Lean on me (Soul and Gospel) (6)

Glockenspiel 3 (6)

Year 5:

Guitar lessons (18)

Classroom Jazz 1 (6)

Year 6:

Happy (Funk and Soul) (6)

You've Got A Friend (70s Pop) (6)

Female Empowerment (Contemporary Artists) (6)

Classroom Jazz 2 (6)