Year 5 Music

National Curriculum Expectations for the end of Key Stage 2:

Children should be able 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


At Gayton, by the end of Year 5, the expectation is that children will be able to:

  • perform with accuracy and expression, showing an understanding of the context of the music
  • use correct technique to play instruments with improved confidence and accuracy. create more complex tunes, thinking about their audience
  • add lyrics to a composition
  • explain the tempo, dynamics, metre, timbre and duration of a piece of music
  • name a variety of composers and artists associated with different genres of music
  • express their opinion about pieces of music using appropriate musical vocabulary
  • discuss similarities and differences in pieces of music and explain how composers and performers achieve this. recognise crotchets, quavers, semibreves, crotchet and quaver rests
  • recognise notes on a treble clef staff
  • understand that notes are positioned differently on a bass clef
  • read, and play from, music notation
  • record their own compositions using music notation. name some composers and genres of music from different eras