Our music leads are Mrs K Milligan and Mrs N Walker.
The aims for our music curriculum taken from the National Curriculum
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children.  Music reflects the culture and society we live in and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world in which they live. 

At Russell Lower School, we provide opportunities for all children to listen, sing, play, evaluate, analyse and compose across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.  We provide opportunities for all children to develop the skills to appreciate the wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements and have opinions about the quality of music they play can listen to.

Music is a universal language that epitomises 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, singers, songwriters and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with our visiting staff from Inspiring Music.

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. At Russell Lower School, we pride ourselves in the enrichment opportunities we provide for our children.  Our peripatetic teachers offer lessons in guitar, drums, viola, violin, flute and fife and we are privileged to receive Pbone lessons for the whole of Year 4. We are very proud of our choir which has over 60 members.  The choir shares it talents within the community by singing at the Christmas Tree festival, Teddy Bear fesitavl at St Andrews Church and at our amazing Russell Rocks Concert held at Redborne Upper School Connolly Hall.  We have close links with Ampthill Town Orchestra and have joined with other local schools in a concert celebrating the music of films. In addition, we hold a whole school singing assembly every Monday so that everyone can appreciate the enjoyment of learning music at Russell Lower School.

Long term plans
Milestone example
Further milestone documents for all year groups are available, on request, to demonstrate our skill progression.