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Curriculum overview
Music Progression Statements Y1-6

Music Overview

Music at Joy Lane is taught and experienced in many ways from our Nursery through to Year 6. We have a dedicated Music room and many experienced musicians across the school in many teaching teams. Music, and particularly song, is used in all classrooms throughout the year and our Sharing assemblies and Year Group Shows are showcases for this. In Early Years, all our class teachers are confident musicians and they support the KS1 provision in addition. As a result, children’s singing and rhythm skills progress naturally through our embedded music provision.

Whole Class Music Tuition

Whole class Key Stage 2 Music tuition is delivered in the form of 6-8 week projects with a qualified Secondary School Music Specialist Teacher. In each year group we focus on different ensemble instruments and build instrument specific skills, compositional techniques, appraisal knowledge and develop a performance element that is age appropriate. We offer glockenspiel, djembe, samba, ukulele, guitar and recorder as whole class tuition.

Celebration of Music

All projects culminate in Year Group Shows, assemblies or recordings of their ensemble work and self-appraisal of their achievements. Pupils enjoy many other opportunities to practise and present through regular performances to peers and parents in our weekly Music Assemblies, our various Christmas concerts, Carol Singing in the community, the Year 6 end-of-school production and our regular Music Department Showcase - the magnificent ‘Lounge on the Field’ festival, the annual JLPS Reading Festival and ‘Light Up The Hall’!

CLICK HERE to see a snapshot of what Mrs Rawlings and her students were up to in 2020 (pre-Covid). Such talented Joy Lane pupils! 

JLPS Reading Festival

Musical Tuition

There are a variety of instruments offered for individual or paired tuition by experienced professional musicians, including saxophone, flute, recorder, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, keyboard and drum kit. We encourage students to consider entering for an external Music Exam.

Recommended Music Apps and Links:

Ten of the best music apps for kids | Children's tech | The Guardian

10 Best Music Apps for Kids to Play and Listen - Educational App Store

Our percussion teacher has his own website:

Website with many links and guidance on how instrumental music lessons are delivered at Joy Lane: