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Our music curriculum at SMRP aims to  provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.​

We believe that music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for  children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. ​

Throughout the school children will have opportunities to appreciate, compose and perform a range of genres from our locality, across the world and throughout time. ​


The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who: ​

  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music. ​

  • Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, cultures, styles and traditions. ​

  • Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.​

  • Create and compose music, both on their own and with others. ​

  • Use a range of musical language. ​

  • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music. ​

  • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience



  • Throughout their time at SMR children will be taught units from musical units from Bristol Music Curriculum (Bristol Beacon scheme) to develop their musical skills and knowledge. ​

  • Units are in taught the year in Yr R,1,4 and 6 in terms 2 and 6. ​

  • We are part of the Earthsong Project, whereby year 2 and 3 all have weekly whole class ensemble lessons delivered by a specialist alongside the class teacher. In year 4, through the two years of assessment 8-10 children are chosen to go to have small group tuition. ​

  • In year 5, every child learns the ukulele for at least 2 terms. ​

  • Through assemblies and key stage performances, children showcase their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others.​

  • Through the units' children learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.​

  • Extra-curricular opportunities to learn instruments are provided by Bristol Beacon and Rock Steady Music.