Through Early Years and KS1

Orleans Primary uses the ‘Music Express’ scheme of work which provides the basis of music lesson content from the Foundation Stage through to Year 2; (it is used in years 3-6 at the discretion of the music teacher.)  The scheme provides a classroom-based, participatory and progressive skills format which allows the children to develop their own singing voices as well as creating sounds through body percussion and with the use of instruments.

Music is taught across the nursery and reception classes as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. It forms the basis of everyday activities in the classroom with access to instruments, singing as a whole class and regularly listening to different genres of music. Stage areas encourage performance and exploration of sounds and singing. Weekly whole class teacher-led sessions allow for more specific skills to be taught and explored such as rhythm, pitch and beat.

In KS1 Music is taught during weekly whole class lessons. Content is taken from the Music Express scheme to link to the current topic being studied when possible. Lessons include many opportunities for whole class, group and individual work. Each unit provides opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

Through KS2

In Key Stage 2, music is taught weekly to each class by a specialist music teacher.  Lessons are generally taught in the Small Hall and last between 40 and 50 minutes.  As well as this, Key Stage 2 has a weekly Singing Assembly led by the specialist teacher. Music Express is also used in KS2, as and when it is judged useful and relevant.  As far as is able, the music curriculum coincides with year group topics. 

Children have plenty of access to both tuned and untuned percussion instruments in lessons, and any who learn an instrument are actively encouraged to bring their own instrument in to participate in music performances.  Use is made of the internet to highlight particular elements and illustrate professional music-making.  Children are encouraged to respond to music through imitation, composition, discussion and performance.

Further Opportunities

At Orleans Primary, we aim to give children the further grounding and enthusiasm to develop their music-making throughout school life. Opportunities to enable this include;

  • Weekly singing assemblies led by our specialist music teacher where the children learn how to make best use of their voice whilst singing a variety of songs from different genres
  • Special whole school assemblies marking Harvest, Christmas and Spring.
  • Class assemblies.
  • Two school choirs (KS1 and KS2) take place each week.
  • KS2 School orchestra meet once a week.
  • Whole school opportunities such as a Christmas Big Sing
  • Richmond Music Trust and RockAdemy offer a wealth of peripatetic lessons in school time which includes; recorders, music makers, violin, guitar, percussion, brass and keyboard.
  • Participation in the ‘Richmond Singing Festival’, the Richmond prom and performing for local community groups.
  • Visits and visitors providing music-related cross curricular links such as drumming workshops in school or attending concerts such as the Kneller Hall summer concert.


Orleans Primary School, Hartington Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3EN