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"Music is a language the whole world speaks!"

“Music is a truly international language.  It is a unique form of communication, drawing on our feelings, experiences, emotions and aspirations.  Through music, we can communicate on a more personal, expressive and intense level than we can by using words.”


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music


Key Stage 2

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 interrelated 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


At Hollywell Primary School, we have a strong music tradition. We believe in a curriculum which develop's children's creativity.

Lessons have a strong practical element – children have opportunities to play instruments and compose their own music, as well as developing their understanding of how music is written down and constructed.  Where appropriate, links are made between music and other topic areas which children are learning about.

All pupils take part in a whole school singing session on a weekly basis. Here they learn to use their voices in a variety of ways, and learn songs which they enthusiastically sing and perform at special events planned throughout the year.

Hollywell Primary School take advantage of the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching provided by Nottinghamshire County Council, whereby a whole year group learns to play an instrument. 

We are very proud of the talents of our children. Peripatetic teachers provide us with expert tuition in various instruments, including guitar, drums, woodwind, strings and piano.  Children can take advantage of these lessons from Year 1 onward. 


Music Events

- In the Autumn Term, the children participate in our singing celebration of Harvest.  As well as entertaining family and friends with Harvest themed songs, the children also donate a great amount of dried food goods to the local food bank. 

- At Christmas, KS1 perform a play to the parents involving singing, dancing and drama. We also have an annual Carol Service at the local church. Hollywell children also sing at the annual Kimberley Christmas 'Lights Switch On' event.

- During the Spring Term, the children take part in a themed Singing Festival. This is performed to an audience of parents and other family members.

- In the Summer Term, Key Stage 2 children take part in an end of year production involving singing, dancing and drama.

- A music recital is held in the Summer Term, which parents are invited to attend. This showcases the instrumental tuition that has been happening in school.


Through these events, children experience the unique satisfaction of producing a high-quality musical performance.