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​At Our Lady of Compassion, we want children to have a musical curriculum that inspires and engages children and instills in them a lifelong love of music that will enrich their lives. Children have the opportunity to explore and develop their understanding of what music is and its value through listening and appraising, performing,  playing instruments and composing in various ways and across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, and musical genres. Through group compositions, ensembles and performances, children are given the opportunity to create and play music together, developing essential skills whilst also sharing musical experiences.

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced from Nursery to year 6 to enable children to develop and build upon the key musical skills as they progress through the school. We understand that in order for children to see the value and impact of music as a subject, music should be made meaningful, relatable and accessible for all. That is why, wherever possible, music is linked to curriculum topics, allowing children to make meaningful connections between subjects whilst also using music technology where appropriate to develop key musical skills. We want music in our school to raise the aspirations and inspire the imaginations of our children to develop a lifelong love of music. Children are therefore given the opportunity to learn instruments, access music clubs, choirs and instrument lessons and attend and take part in performances both in and out of school to encourage children’s learning beyond the classroom.

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 

  • To learn to sing and to use their voices

  • To create and compose music on their own and with others 

  • To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument,  

  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions


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A Spiral Curriculum



Key Stage 1 
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Key Stage 2 
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Progression of Skills

Eurovision Song Competition

Children composed their own songs to celebrate Eurovision

Y3 Ancient Egypt

Y4 Volcano

Y5 Space

Y6 Save the Tiger

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