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We plan tasks that allow pupils to show their understanding, both of a standalone lesson and as part of a sequence of lessons, whilst making links to previous learning in other topics and year groups. 

"Music lessons throughout my time from Year 3 to Year 6 have allowed me to develop an understanding of what makes a great musician. I've been able to apply my understanding from my music lessons to both my singing, as a member of school choir, and learning other instruments. These skills will help me so much when I get to secondary school and beyond, as I would like to go into a career in Music when I get older." - Amelia


Year 6 - London Bridge

This final performance was from the end of our Ukulele topic, allowing us to demonstrate everything we had understood from our lessons!

"This was our end of topic performance of the song 'Riptide' on the ukulele. I really enjoyed revisiting the ukulele this year and was happy that I could remember the names of the strings and some of the chords! I enjoyed adding to my knowledge by learning this song too." - Caitlin

A Year 6 composition on the ukulele using the chords learned.

Composing using the notes, chords and techniques learned.

Pop Music topic

We demonstrate our understanding through our performances as a whole class, in pairs and as individuals. Comparing our performances from the beginning and end of our topics shows our understanding and the progress we have made!

"For our final performance of this topic, we showed everything we knew by singing in unison, as well as singing different parts in groups for the song. We also learned and played a part of the glockenspiel. We also created our own compositions based on our topic song." - Joseph
Body Percussion

Reading musical notation to perform Uptown Funk using body percussion.

"In my composition, I used a mixture of different notes including crotchets, quaver pairs and rests." - Niamh

"I repeated some notes in my composition to make it catchier and easy to sing along to." - Daisy


"Not only can I listen and speak about the similarities between the songs we've looked at for this topic, but also I can make links to other topics we've studied in other year groups. For example, I have been able to comment on the use of dynamics (how loud or quiet the music is) using my prior knowledge from other year groups." - Alfie