Newton Drive, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH1 5BG
0191 386 5400


Music Coordinator Team: Mrs M Ray, Mrs B Smith, Miss Robson

Governor with the responsibility for Creativity: Mr. P Dawson

At Framwellgate Moor Primary School our ambition is for every child to experience a rich and varied musical framework while learning fundamental musical techniques alongside building musical knowledge. We enable every child to experience music and make progress incrementally.

Early Years

At FMPS we believe that Expressive Arts and Design in our Early Years provision is integral to pupils being creative and developing their own ideas.  Music is delivered through adult led learning and continuous provision.  Adult led sessions focus on developing skills, new learning and exploring concepts.  Continuous provision allows children to practise skills, challenge their thinking and embed concepts.  Music objectives are taught, explored and revisited throughout the year.

In Key Stage 1

Pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They play tuned and untuned instruments and listen to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. Pupils at FMPS experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

In Key Stage 2

Pupils have the opportunity to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments. They improvise and compose music for a range of purposes and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Pupils use a variety of musical notations and will appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. Our chosen composers support an understanding of the history of music.

All pupils in Y3/4 learn the recorder which gives them the opportunity to choose to start learning an instrument and attend weekly lessons with our specialist music teachers. The current choice is: Keyboard, ukulele, guitar, flute, clarinet, violin.

All pupils perform together throughout the year, visit the Gala Theatre and have guest bands and instrumentalists visiting school. Music is fun at FMPS and all pupils have the opportunity to learn and play together as a team.

Career Links

We feel that it is important that pupils know the skills required for different careers. Learning Music career skills at FMPS will allow pupils to identify the skills required to work as a Musician.

Skills required to become a Musician:

  • Motivation, determination and perseverance
  • Confidence in performing to an audience
  • Stamina and dedication to continue practising every day
  • Reliability and flexibility as you will work long and irregular hours
  • The ability to be part of a team
  • Creativity
  • Self-discipline and time management
  • By the end of their journey at FMPS, we want to ensure that children have acquired the relevant skills, knowledge and confidence to allow them to be successful in the next stage of their life.

Becoming a Musician

I will need:

  • To practise and be patient
  • Work with others as a team
  • Listen to other musicians playing
  • Follow a Conductor
  • Travel from venue
  • Work late hours

Early Years

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music expressing their feelings and responses


  • Identify where elements change (e.g. music gets faster or louder); replicate these changes in a simple performance


  • Compare pieces of music in different traditions; perform music heard aurally that contains 2+ different parts at the same time
  • Understand the key features of at least four different types/ genres of music

Becoming a Music Director

I will need:

  • motivation, determination and perseverance
  • confidence in performing before an audience
  • stamina and dedication to continue practising every day
  • reliability and flexibility as you’ll need to work long and irregular hours
  • the ability to work well as part of a team

Early Years

  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody


  • Play longer phrases on untuned percussion instruments and body percussion


  • Use tuned percussion/ melodic instruments as well as the voice to perform 3+ note melodies and simple rhythms
  • Sing musically, responding to the performance directions of the piece e.g. phrasing; sing more extended harmony parts

Becoming a Conductor

I will need:

  • To be able to follow rhythms
  • Be a leader
  • Gain respect from the team and make changes
  • To engage the performers
  • To organise programmes of engaging music repertoire

Early Years

  • Moves in time to the pulse of the music being listened to and physically responds to changes in the music


  • Repeat back short basic rhythms and perform rhythmic ostinatos.


  • Perform pieces with at least 2 rhythms happening together; recognise and clap back rhythms using single quaver rests
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