Whitefriars Curriculum


The pupils will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will play tuned and untuned instruments, musically listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. They will experiment with, create, compose and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

At KS2, pupils will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. Pupils will learn to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music listen with attention to detail whilst using staff and other musical notations. All pupils will learn about different cultural traditions as well as great western composers to develop an understanding of the history and context of music.

At KS3 pupils will continue to develop their musicianship skills through Performance, Composition and Listening and Appraising of different genres of music. Throughout KS3 pupils continue to develop their knowledge on the History of Music, studying the four main periods, baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern. Pupils will use what they have learnt about the different genres and styles of music in composition tasks. These include rhythmic percussion pieces or through music technology using Cubas and other Music software to create popular music or music for films. Pupils will also further their understanding of Instruments and instrumental techniques by learning to play in groups or individually in a multitude of genres and style of music.

At KS4 and KS5 pupils develop their music skills further and use them in new contexts such as score analysis and understanding, listening activities as well as continuing to explore composition and performance on their chosen instrument. Pupils will learn how to identify key musical feature form a wide variety of music genres from the 1600 to the present day and study key Figures in the development of key musical genres such as Blues, Rock, Pop, Film, Game music, Baroque, Classical, Romanic, Modern, Folk, and Minimalism.