Year 6 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 6, the expectation is that children will be able to:

  • name different musical periods
  • sing with good diction
  • sing in tune
  • sing a song with two or more parts, showing confidence at being able to maintain tempo and pitch
  • compose music that has a recognisable structure (beginning, middle and end) that shows variation in timbre and dynamics. find the beat in a piece of music
  • recognise orchestral instruments and describe their effect in a piece of music. recognise a range of music genres (including from around the world) and describe their characteristics
  • recognise instruments being played in a piece of music