Music Year 3

Music at KS2, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Pupils should be taught to:

Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.

In Year 3 children can:

  • I can sing a tune with expression.
  • I can play clear notes on instruments.
  • I can use different elements in my composition.
  • I can create repeated patterns with different instruments.
  • I can compose melodies and songs.
  • I can create accompaniments for tunes.
  • I can combine different sounds to create a specific mood or feeling.
  • I can use musical words to describe a piece of music and compositions.
  • I can use musical words to describe what I like and do not like about a piece of music.
  • I can recognise the work of at least one famous composer.
  • I can improve my work; explaining how it has been improved.


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