Mrs Sarah Salway is our Music Co-ordinator and specialist. She leads our  music throughout the school and provides a high quality, progressive curriculum which offers opportunities for all children to shine. Alongside the delivery of class lessons, musical experiences are enriched and extended through special assemblies , events within our community and a wonderful range of musical shows and performances.  

The school have performed on a number of occasions at the Royal Albert Hall (The Hertfordshire Schools Music Gala).   Skyswood also take part in the wonderful Abbey Christmas concert at St Albans Cathedral, and the St Albans Schools Music Festival, held annually at the Alban Arena.

There is a wealth of peripatetic tuition available at Skyswood Primary School. Children may choose to take piano, guitar, flute, clarinet or violin lessons. We are fortunate to have such a talented and devoted group of peripatetic teachers. 

Our curriculum has been reviewed in the light of the national curriculum,  incorporating an even deeper understanding of the history of music and the teaching of musical notation to children in KS2. The  national curriculum sets out the following statements:


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.


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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

– use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

– play tuned and unturned instruments musically.

– listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music.

– experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

– 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 using the inter-related dimensions of music.

– listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

– use and understand 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


Music is linked to class topics within the EYFS. Activities include singing games, moving to music, action songs and rhymes, singing familiar songs and  exploring the instruments. 

We use Music Express as a basic scheme of work in KS1 and KS2. Skills introduced in year 1 are further developed in year 2. Skills introduced in year 3, are  further developed in year 4. Units for upper KS2 are taught over the two years. Relevant cross-curricular links are made where appropriate, raising the profile of music throughout our school.

The Progression of Music History through KS2.

The opening sessions of each half term are spent looking in depth at a particular piece of music and learning about the life of the composer. Children will study music a wide range of periods and cultures as they progress through the school.

Notation-years 3,4,5,6

In KS2 each year group will study a unit on musical notation. The work will build on the previous year’s skills so that by the end of year 6 the children will

*  know that music is writing on a musical ladder called a stave or staff.

* know that the stave has 5 lines and 4 spaces

* know the names of the 4 spaces  F A C E

* know that a crotchet is a one beat note

* recognise how the  line notes are written in the stave

*  be able to play these line notes on tuned instruments

*  know that a minim is a 2 beat note

*  know that a semibreve is a 4 beat note

*  know the names of middle C , Middle D and high G

*  know that a quaver is a half beat note

*  understand that beats can be grouped into 2s, 3s, and 4s

* indentify and understand bars and bar-lines

*  be able to play simple 1 /2 chord accompaniments from notation

*  recognise and play sharps and flats

*  be able to play 3 chord accompaniments

*  write simple tunes and notate them.

*  play/sing  simple tunes from notation