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Year 1

Steady beats on untuned instruments.

Explore fast and slow tempi.

Using voices expressively.

Preparation for Arts Evening.

Experimenting with sounds. Changes in dynamics and tempo.

Arts Evening

Listening with concentration

Rhythmic games and playground games.

Year 2

Speaking chants and rhymes.

Harvest Assembly.

Using voices creatively. Exploring different timbre.

Preparation for Arts Evening.

Simple sound effects using tuned and untuned instruments.

Arts Evening.

Easter Assembly

Listening to music and singing songs from different countries.

Adding simple accompaniments.

Composing with awareness of pitch, dynamics, tempo and timbre.

Year 3

Songs to encourage healthy living.


Use voices expressively.

Christmas Assembly.

Use and understand treble clef stave notations.

Create simple pentatonic compositions on the recorder

Listen to and appreciate music from different traditions.

Perform in an ensemble.

Recorder concert.

Year 4

Class Band

Class Band

Class Band

Class Band

Class Band

Class Band

Year 5


Singing in rounds.


Eid Assembly.

Black History Assembly.

Christmas songs.


Exploring music through fusion, ostinato and improvisation.


Exploring structure


Improving one’s own playing.

Ukulele concert.

Year 6

Develop and understanding of the history of Western Music

Christmas songs

Anti-bullying Assembly

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds from memory.

Compose music to express a range of scenarios using the inter-related dimensions of music

Preparation for Y6 Production.

Perform in solo and ensemble context.

Year 6 Production

Music is taught by our specialist teachers (Mrs Dowdeswell and Miss Dowdeswell), who teach the subject from Year 1 to Year 6.  Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Music teaches good disciplines, can relieve stress, gives a sense of achievement, but most of all – Music is fun!

Children learn Music as part of their carousel (alongside Drama, Art, French and PE). Each year group also has an extra singing lesson every 3 weeks. Many of the songs taught are relevant to the school’s values and themed spiral curriculum. 

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Year 3 children have extra recorder lessons, and in Year 4 each class has its own Class Band, which consists of 6 Flutes, 6 Clarinets, 3 saxophones, 2 French horns, 6 Cornets, 4 Trombones, a Baritone, a Euphonium and a Tuba. Each child learns to play one of these instruments in an ensemble setting throughout the year. All children in Year 5 also learn to play the ukulele.
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The Music department is responsible for all singing in assemblies, for supporting class teachers with music for cross curricular topics, for teaching music which is appropriate for different festivals, for Arts Evenings and for the Y3 and Y6 Productions. The Music department also supports the children with their acts in the Sudbury School Talent Show.

As well as the 4 Class bands, Sudbury also has its own School Band and a School Choir (The Sudbury Songbirds). These ensembles represent the school in local festivals, concerts and competitions and make regular visits to the Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre and Bishops Court (warden-controlled accommodation).

Children have the opportunity to have instrumental tuition on the Violin, Guitar, Tabla, Drum Kit, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, French horn, Cornet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium or Tuba. If you would like more information about instrumental tuition, please contact Mrs Dowdeswell at school.


We have over 150 children taking lessons small group lessons on the recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, violin, guitar and drum kit at present. These children are invited to play in the school band, are encouraged to take ABRSM Graded examinations and to perform at every opportunity both in and out of school. Several of our children are members of the local Brent Music Junior Schools Orchestra.

The National Curriculum bases its Music Curriculum around skills involving Listening, Performing and Composing, and at Sudbury, we relate these activities,whenever possible, to the school’s spiral curriculum as shown below:


Autumn 1

Healthy Living

Autumn 2

Back in Time

Spring 1

Environment & Sustainability

Spring 2

Everyone a Reader

Summer 1

Countries Project

Summer 2

World of Work

Healthy Eating and Exercise.


Black History, Eid, Diwali, Chanukah and  Christmas

Earth, sea, sky and recycling.

Music from the world of literature. Sound effects.

National Music.

Occupation and vocation.


Pupils should be encouraged to explore music through online resources. Here is one to have fun with: