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At Gamlingay Village Primary music is taught so that it engages and inspires pupils to develop a love and appreciation for music that they can carry with them into their future lives. Throughout the children’s time at Gamlingay their lessons will focus on a range of genres, delve into different historical periods, compare and discuss different styles and traditions from around the globe. We relish in giving the children a chance to enjoy music in as many ways as they can, as a listener, performer or a creator in the hope that we can teach our children to be curious and creative learners and in turn develop their confidence.  

The lessons are planned and taught based on three strands which are: listening, composing and performing. This allows the children to gain an insight into the many different elements. To enhance our music curriculum, we offer our children additional singing, guitar and piano lessons provided by professional outside agencies. We participate in RockSteady, which is a weekly band-based peripatetic group session delivered by professional musicians. We also have an UKS2 choir, which meet every Tuesday morning, and assemblies where children can share their love of playing and performing to the rest of the school.

Knowledge Organisers

Cycle A

KS1 (Year 1 & 2)

Pulse & Rhythm (All about me)

Orchestral instruments

Pitch & tempo (Superheroes)

On this island: British songs & sounds

Musical vocabulary (Under the sea)

Timbre and rhythmic patterns (Fairytales)

LKS2 (Year 3 & 4)

Rock & Roll

Change in pitch, tempo & dynamics

Pentatonic melodies & composition

Traditional instruments & improvisation

Adapting & transposing motifs: Romans

Developing singing techniques & time

UKS2 (Year 5 & 6)

Composition & notation: Egypt


Composition: Holi

Transposition: Pop Art

Musical theatre

Film music


Cycle B

KS1 (Year 1 & 2)

African call & response songs

Tempo (Snail & Mouse)

Musical me

Dynamics, timbre, tempo & motifs

Vocal & body sounds (By the sea)

Myths & legends

LKS2 (Year 3 & 4)

Body & tunes percussion

Samba & carnival sounds

Creating compositions

Haiku, music & performance



UKS2 (Year 5 & 6)

Developing pitch: singing WW2

South & West African songs


Dynamics, pitch - Mendelssohn

Looping & remixing

Composing & performing a song