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Progression of Skills in Music


Year 1 and 2

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

Singing songs with control and using the voice expressively.

To find their singing voice and use their voices confidently Sing a melody accurately at their own pitch Sing with a sense of awareness of pulse and control of rhythm Recognise phrase lengths and Know when to breathe Sing songs expressively

Follow pitch movements with their hands and use high, low and middle voices Begin to sing with control of pitch (e g following the shape of the melody) Sing with an awareness of other performers

Sing with confidence using a wider vocal range

Sing in tune

Sing with awareness of pulse and control of rhythm

Recognise simple structures (Phrases)

Sing expressively with awareness and control at the expressive elements -timbre, tempo, dynamics

Sing songs and create different vocal effects

Understand how mouth shapes can affect voice sounds

Internalise sounds by singing parts of a song in their heads

Sing songs with increasing control of breathing, posture and sound projection

Sing songs in tune and with an awareness of other parts Identify phrases through breathing in appropriate places

Sing with expression and rehearse with others

Sing a round in two parts and identify the melodic phrases and how they fit together

Sing confidently as a class, in small groups and alone and begin to have an awareness of improvisation with the voice

Listening, Memory and Movement.

Recall and remember short songs and sequences and patterns of sounds Respond physically when performing, composing and appraising music Identify different sound sources Identify well-defined musical features

Identify melodic phrases and play them by ear

Create sequences of movements in response to sounds

Explore and chose different movements to describe animals

Demonstrate the ability to recognise the use of structure and expressive

elements through dance

Identify phrases that could be used as an introduction, interlude and ending

Internalise short melodies and play these on pitched percussion (play by ear)

Create dances that reflect musical features

Identify different moods and textures

Identify how a mood is created by music and lyrics

Listen to longer pieces of music and identify features

Controlling pulse and rhythm

Identify the pulse in different pieces of music

Identify the pulse and join in getting faster and slower together

Identify long and short sounds in music

Perform a rhythm to a given pulse

Begin to internalise and create rhythmic patterns

Accompany a chant or song by clapping or playing the pulse or rhythm

Recognise rhythmic patterns

Perform a repeated pattern to a steady pulse

Identify and recall rhythmic and melodic patterns

Identify repeated patterns used in a variety of music (Ostinato)

Identify different speeds of pulse (tempo) by clapping and moving Improvise rhythm patterns

Perform an independent part keeping to a steady beat

Identify the metre of different songs through recognising the pattern of strong

and weak beats

Subdivide the pulse while keeping to a steady beat

Exploring sounds, melody and accompaniment

To explore different sound sources

Make sounds and recognise how they can give a message

Identify and name classroom instruments

Create and chose sounds in response to a given stimulus

Identify how sounds can be changed

Change sounds to reflect different stimuli

Identify ways sounds are used to accompany a song

Analyse and comment on how sounds are used to create different moods

Explore and perform different types of accompaniment

Explore and select different melodic patterns.

Recognise and explore different combinations of pitch sounds

Skills development for this element are to be found within Control of instruments and Composition

Control of Instruments

Play instruments in different ways and create sound effects

Handle and play instruments with control Identify different groups of instruments

Identify melodic phrases and play them by ear

Select instruments to describe visual images

Choose instruments on the basis of internalised sounds

Identify and control different ways percussion instruments make sounds

Play accompaniments with control and accuracy

Create different effects using combinations of pitched sounds

Use ICT to change and manipulate sounds


Contribute to the creation of a class composition

Base skills developments for composition in KS1 are to be found within

Exploring sounds

Create textures by combining sounds in different ways

Create music that describes contrasting moods/emotions

Improvise simple tunes based on the pentatonic scale

Compose music in pairs and make improvements to their own work

Create an accompaniment to a known song

Create descriptive music in pairs or small groups

Identify different starting points or composing music

Explore, select combine and exploit a range of different sounds to compose a Sound Scape

Write lyrics to a known song

Compose a short song to own lyrics based on everyday phrases

Compose music individually or in pairs using a range of stimuli and developing

their musical ideas into a completed composition

Reading and writing notation

Perform long and snort sounds in response to symbols

Create long and short sounds on instruments

Play and sing phrases from dot notation

Record their own ideas

Make their own symbols as part of a class score

Perform using notation as a support

Sing songs with staff notation as support

Performance skills

Perform together and follow instructions that combine the musical elements

Perform in different ways, exploring the way the performers are a musical resource

Perform with awareness of different parts

Present performances effectively with awareness of audience venue and occasion

Evaluating and appraising

Choose sounds and instruments carefully and make improvements to their own and others work

Recognise how music can reflect different intentions