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At Market Drayton Junior School we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Listening to and making music fulfils an instinctive human need for expression and creativity. It stimulates responses both on an emotional and intellectual level.


Children follow an entirely cross-curricular scheme planned to link with other subject areas and ensure progression across the key stage. Children are encouraged to listen to, respond to and evaluate music from a wide range of traditions. Children are given a range of opportunities to compose and perform music.


Each week we have a Music Assembly, where children are taught a mixture of songs, both old and new. In addition, we have an upper and lower school choir led by school staff which has the opportunity to perform in front of various audiences throughout the year. Music workshops including Key Strings and Live Music week occur across the year. Furthermore, there will be six music weeks across the school.


Peripatetic music lessons are available for voice, guitar, violin, keyboard, drums and brass instruments, offered through the Shropshire County Music service. Tuition fees are in line with County policy. We also offer singing lessons, which are provided by an independent singing teacher. There is also a ukulele club and recorder club.


Each year there are at least three performances which involve singing. At Christmas the children present a nativity at the local Methodist Church, while the other half of the school present a Christmas pantomime. In the summer Year 6 present their Leavers Assembly. All the children have the chance to take part in Class Assemblies. Children are involved in singing for the community, for example, singing at Bridgemere Garden Centre and a Joint Schools Carol Service at St. Mary’s Church. In addition, Market Drayton's Got Talent will begin in the summer term.

The 2014 national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians;
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence;
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

The following topics are covered:





Y 3

Playing the



French Cafe - Singing

Y 4


Samba music –
listening and performing


African Drumming



Rhythm and Rap

Y 5


The Building Blocks
of Music


Songs about heroes and villains - composing lyrics / theme tune

Jazz Music

Y 6


WW1 songs

with composition


Charanga Unit

Music around the world

Medium Term Planning Lower School    





Year 3




  • Performance
  • Chords
  • Singing
  • Read chord sequence


Rivers (link to topic)

  • Composition for effect
  • Musical vocabulary
  • Compose
  • Structure
  • Evaluate

World Song (link to topic)

  • French song – compare
  • Compose
  • Perform
  • Accompaniments
  • Pitch

Year 4



Samba (link to topic)

  • Pulse
  • Beat
  • Playing as a group
  • World

African Drumming

  • Continue from Samba
  • Compose
  • Perform
  • Rhythm


  • History
  • Structure
  • Graphic scores
  • Dynamics
  • Compose with percussion


  • Ostinato
  • Canon
  • Beatbox
  • Arranging

Medium Term Planning Upper School

CEOP Empower Trust
  • Market Drayton Junior School,
  • Alexandra Road,
  • Market Drayton,
  • Shropshire, TF9 3HU
  • Tel. 01630 652769