Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. St Andrew’s aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and  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, read and use music notation as well as listen and appraise a variety of music from different cultures and time periods.

Currently, children have the opportunity to have additional clarinet or violin lessons. In the ‘Department of Excellence’ (Years 4, 5 and 6) , children are also able to participate in the School Choir, performing as part of the Young Voices Choir at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

Music Pupil Voice

I like music because we get to experience playing different instruments. This year I performed in a steel drum band.

Year 6 Pupil

Going into the music room is my favourite thing. We have been learning to play African drums.

Year 5 pupil

I love singing with my class. I liked it when we sang in assembly.

Year 2 pupil

Going for Gold!

To be Gold in Music:

  • To use the appropriate terminology to appraise and listen attentively to a piece of music, extending their explanation using more challenging Music concepts.
  • To understand and read Music Notation, understanding duration and pitch as well as an ability to understand time scales and music articulation.
  • To compose music independently and as part of a group using a variety of tuned instruments
  • To improvise to a pulse or to a piece of music confidently.


Problem Solving!


Key Questions

Through study of Music, problem-solving is a key integrated skill which should be apparent in every Music lesson.

  • What does this musical stave tell us about how the music should be played?
  • What musical dimensions are apparent in this piece of music? How are they different to another piece of music?
  • Explain how you know what the texture, timbre, pitch and dynamics is like.
  • Compare the dynamic markings of songs. How are they different?
  • What instruments would you select to create a certain effect or mood?




Young Voices!

Every January, our school choir performs as part of the Young Voices choir at Sheffield Arena – making up a choir of over 5000 children.

High Expectations in Music

Here is a selection of Music Appraisals from across our school. Children are expected to actively listen to a variety of music from different cultures and periods in time, giving feedback using the correct musical terminology.
The examples of work feature writing at or above the age-related standard.



Music Updates


Magnificent Music Notation!

  As part of our exciting, music curriculum, the children have been exploring music notation. There have been an array of activities: the children in Year 5 and 6 participated in a Music Notation challenge and using the internet, completed their own research; Year 4 explored the notes G,A and B on the treble clef and displayed this on the stave accurately; Year 3 explored the duration of notes and Year 1/2 explored pulse and rhythm through different nursery rhymes. Year 5/6 Music Notation Challenge Poster Example Year 5/6 Music Notation Challenge Poster Example Year 6 Created their own composition Year 4 Looked at note values on the stave. Year 3 identified the duration of notes. Year 2 distinguished between pulse and... read more