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Subject Leader: Mrs Benz

Purpose of study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Banks Road we aim to provide our pupils with a high-quality music education that engages and inspires them to develop a love of music. An important part of this is to encourage and develop 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, genre
  • learn to sing, a range of styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians 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

Attainment targets

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.

Subject content

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 untuned 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 interrelated 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 interrelated 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


Take a look through some of our pictures below, you can see:

  • Pupils in Year 4 and 5 learn to play the violin.
  • Pupils performed a  fantastic Violin Concert for parents and carers…
  • Some of our talented Y5 pupils have additional lessons for violin with Mr Naylor and attend a specialist after school club at Bellerive College.
  • The Banks Road Choir rehearse with Mr Hawley, during a lunch time club.
  • The Banks Road Choir performed carols at a local shopping area and entertained everyone at our school Christmas Fete.
  • Year 3 and Year 5 are working with a specialist singing teacher.
  • Pupils in Year 2 learn to play recorders.
  • Year 4 pupils attended the  ‘Sound Values’ concert at The Royal Philharmonic Hall. They performed ‘All Our Different Voices’ as part of a massed choir.

Tel: 0151 427 4360 | Email: | Office Manager: Mrs N McGee
Twitter: @BanksRoadSch | Headteacher: Mrs L Gibson

Banks Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 8JZ