All children will gain an understanding of how to listen and appreciate, play and sing and compose across a variety of historical periods, genres and traditions.

Music can play an important role in improving children’s health and wellbeing, as well as building skills such as self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.

At Coulsdon C of E Primary School our class teachers teach music from Early Years to Year 3.  The children in Year 3 all learn to play the recorder.  We have a specialist music teacher, Mr Holland who teaches the guitar to all Year 4 children.  He also teaches curriculum music to Years 5 and 6 for a term and a half each.


The music curriculum is designed to offer increasing challenge and development of skills and based on the National Curriculum for Music.  

Early Years

Reception class pupils will listen to and learn rhymes and songs.  They will begin to move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.  They will also sing together in groups and play instruments.

Key Stage 1

Pupils will begin to develop their use of voice and instruments expressively and musically in order to experiment with creating and combining sounds.  Children will also have opportunities to listen to music with concentration to develop an understanding and appreciation of this art form.  

Key Stage 2

Pupils continue to develop performance skills using voice and instruments with increasing accuracy and control.  Children will listen attentively to a wide range of musical genres in order to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history of music.  Using these skills children will begin to improvise and compose their own music.

Extra Curricular

We currently offer a choir for Key Stage 1 pupils on a Tuesday after school and a choir for Key Stage 2 pupils on a Wednesday.

We like to provide opportunities for our children to perform music regularly.  We have previously participated in Young Voices at the O2 Arena and taken part in community events; singing at the turning on of the Old Coulsdon Christmas Lights.  We have also recorded performances to share with a local old peoples home and parents.