All children in Key Stages One and Two receive fortnightly music lessons with a specialist music teacher. Reception children receive music lessons from their class teachers. 

The Music Curriculum focuses on:  

  • Play and Perform

KS1 – Use voices expressively and creatively; by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes; play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically; rehearse and perform with others

KS2 – Sing songs in unison and two-parts; play tuned and un-tuned instruments with increasing control and accuracy in solo and ensemble contexts. To practice, rehearse and present performances with an awareness of the audience

  • Create and Compose

KS1: Create musical patterns; Explore, choose and organize sounds and musical ideas

KS2: Improvise, developing rhythmic and melodic material when performing; explore, choose, combine and organise musical ideas within musical structures

  • Responding and Reviewing

KS1 Explore and express ideas and feelings about music; to make improvements to their own work

KS2  Analyse and compare sounds; explore and explain ideas and feelings about music using movement dance and expressive and musical language.  To reflect on and improve own and others work in relation to its intended effect

  • Listening – Applying Knowledge and Understanding

KS1: To listen with concentration and recall sounds within increasing aural memory; to know how the combined musical elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and silence can be organised and used expressively within simple structures; to understand that sounds can be made in different ways and described using given and invented signs and symbols; to know how music is used for particular purposes.

KS2: To listen with attention to detail and to internalize and recall sounds; to know how the combined musical elements (inter-related dimensions of music*) can be organised within musical structures and used to communicate different moods and effects; to know that music is produced in different ways and described through relevant established and invented notations; to understand how time and place can influence the way music is created.


To provide all pupils with high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians thus increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.

At Gossops Green our aim is to develop musical skills through playing a variety instruments. In KS1 children have the opportunity to learn to play tuned and un-tuned percussion and recorder.

In KS2 children learn a variety of instruments through whole class projects offered by our Music Specialist and also through West Sussex Music:

Year 3 – Ukulele and Violin

Year 4 – Ukulele and Clarinet

Year 5 – Ukulele and Keyboard

Year 6 – Ukulele, Keyboard and African Djembe

Performance is also an important part of children’s musical journey and the children have the opportunity to participate in performances throughout their time at the school. 
There are also opportunities to develop their interests away from formal lessons by signing up for instrumental lessons or for one of the clubs run by Mrs Underwood, our music teacher. Currently, children have the chance to participate in the following: 

KS2 Choir

KS2 Choir is led by Mrs Underwood and is open to all children from Years 3-6. They meet every Wednesday lunchtime in the Music Room. 

Rhythm Masters

Rhythm Masters in a before-school club for Key Stage 1 children, which runs every Friday morning from 8am. Led by Ollie Heath, it focuses on drumming and beatboxing. Please see the clubs page for more information or *Charges apply.

Guitar and Keyboard Lessons

West Sussex Music Service offer keyboard and guitar lessons, which take place during the school day and do incur extra costs. Please see the office if you are interested in your child learning to play the keyboard or guitar.