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We meet the national 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

At Bampton CE Primary School we set out a scheme of units of work for each year group from Music Express to provide progression and  a breadth of experience to meet the curriculum requirements. More detail about the Intent, Implementation and Impact can be found in this document:

Music Intent, Implementation and Impact statement

Progression of skills documents for each phase:

Key Stage 1 Progression of skills from Music Express Units

Lower Key Stage 2 Progression of skills from Music Express Units

Upper Key Stage 2 Progression of skills from Music Express Units

A range of extra curricular music lessons are offered through The Music For Schools Foundation and The Oxfordshire Music Service. We also seek to provide a range of experiences which promote an enjoyment in music and the performing arts, such as a visit from the local Folk Group

At Bampton CE Primary School we value the opportunities that taking part in performances bring such as:

  • Developing self esteem and confidence
  • Developing public speaking skills
  • Opportunities to develop drama skills
  • Opportunities to be creative (including creating props, programmes etc)
  • Opportunities to do something outside your comfort zone
  • Being part of a team and working cooperatively

Children experience performing in a variety of ways:

  • EYFS children learn new songs and sing as part of an annual Nativity play
  • Key Stage One children perform an annual nativity play and Year 2 children take part in the Burford Partnership KS1 Music Festival each year.
  • Lower Key Stage Two children perform a play at the end of the Spring Term
  • Upper key Stage Two children perform a play at the end of the Summer Term
  • Year 5 pupils also take part in the annual Burford Partnership KS2 Music Festival
  • Children are given opportunities to perform musical pieces in celebration assemblies throughout the year
  • Performing class assemblies


Singing and music is promoted across the school through other subjects and as a fun activity which can benefit our mental well-being.

Singing happens in Collective Worship and once a week time is given to practising songs or learning new songs.

Music is used as part of Mindfulness sessions and to create a calm atmosphere in class or at the beginning of Collective Worship.

Popular music and songs or songs linked to themes, such as Comic Relief, feature in our school.

Singing songs or listening to music to promote engagement in other activities such as tidying away (or during Covid washing hands) is a popular strategy used particularly with our younger children.