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School Closure- Remote Learning Opportunities


Below are a range of different links to a range of different learning opportunities to use during the school closures. Explore and enjoy!


Live streams:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ - music lessons with Myleene Klass.

https://www.youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon - full length West End shows available to stream for 48 hour windows.


General Music:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zwxhfg8 - online music learning.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/new-2014-curriculum-resources/new-2014-curriculum-resources-music/new-2014-curriculum-resources-music-key-stage-2 - a range of music resources (including the history of music) for KS2.

https://www.nyphilkids.org/games/main.phtml? - play games, learn about musical instruments and composers, make your own music and more.

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments - a collection of experiments that let you explore how music works.  Compose and learn about the science and maths of music.
https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/music/instruments/ lots of fun quizzes to test your knowledge

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/new-2014-curriculum-resources/new-2014-curriculum-resources-music/new-2014-curriculum-resources-music-key-stage-1 - a range of music resources for KS1.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sing/learning/ - step by step learning based around singing.




Have a look at BBC Ten Pieces at Home. There are a wealth of activities for all ages and all abilities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQvQaZ4r8zs - See if you can spot some of our ex pupils on this Cambridgeshire Music video


Singing Assembly at Home.

Good To Be Me – Sing Up


The 7 continents, 5 Oceans – Nancy Kopman


We are going to be friends – White Stripes


Fight Song – Rachel Platten


This Is Me – Greatest Showman


Spring Chicken


Shine – Take That


Life’s a happy song – The Muppets


Thank you for the Music – Abba


Greatest Day – Take That


https://family.gonoodle.com is a great way to dance and sing along to well known, and new songs. Let me know on your blogs which are your favourite. I already have mine!!

Mrs Rodgers xx

We love music at the Round House, and there is always so much going on.

We listen to different types of music in class and discuss what we hear, noting our ideas down in our Listening Ear books.

We have weekly singing assemblies where we sing a selection of warm ups, learn about different composers (information researched by the children), and sing a wide range of traditional and modern songs. Sometimes we do this as a whole school, sometimes splitting into parts and sometimes in rounds.

In Reception we love singing songs and rhymes, use the instruments in story telling, and enjoy making our own music with our friends.

In the Ice Zones there are a range of independent and adult led music activities including research into famous composers and musicians, making musical instruments, playing tuned and untuned percussion, and creating our own music and graphic scores. Mrs Rodgers comes in to teach us about pitch, dynamics, tempo, duration and timbre, as well as teaching us how to play percussion, glockenspiel and ocarinas.

In years 5 and 6 we have music notebooks to jot down our learning on musical notation, keyboard skills and our own compositions.

Throughout the year we have Indian Drumming sessions with Mr Suali (see people we work with section), and there are after school music clubs too. 


Autumn - Choir perform at Mayors Carol Concert in St Neots.

                Yr 6 rehearse songs for Young Voices performance .

                 Yr R and  KS1 sing  songs and carols for their Christmas performances.

                 KS2 carols at church.

Spring - Young Voices performance at O2 London.

              Yr 3 and 4 songs for their performance

               Gifted and talented music day.

Summer - Yr 2 sing at St Neots  music festival

                 Yr 5 and 6 songs for end of year performance.

                  Round House has got talent.

We love to hear about your musical talents, so if you pass a music exam, or just have a favourite piece you have been practicing at home, don't forget to let us know so you can share your music with your class mates. We also have children performing in singing assemblies.

National Curriculum Programme of Study 


Music Progression Document 

Kapow music scheme


How we teach music at The Round House: 

The school uses a variety of different teaching and learning styles in music lessons and within ICE Zone sessions. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in music and we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to achieve this. The use of the ICE Zone learning within KS1 and LKS2 gives children a rich learning environment, in which they are immersed within the topic that they are studying. This in turn creates a love of learning within the children. Combining this with whole class teaching in years 5 and 6, we believe that our school provides children with a broad range of learning opportunities throughout their primary education.   


Our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the opportunity to join private group lessons and after school clubs. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons and ICE Zones so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.  Students learn how to play an instrument, ocarina, recorder, percussion and keyboards, which in doing so, understand the different principles of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.  


We believe children learn best when:  

  • They are provided with opportunities to work independently or collaboratively.  

  • They are encouraged to ask as well as answer music-based questions.  

  • They are able to explore creatively using different instruments and resources.  

  • They have access to sources such a books, CDs and live concerts.  

  • They are shown methods and techniques to implement into their music work.   

  • They are able to use non-fiction books, internet and videos for research.  

We recognise the fact that we have a wide range of children within our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by offering a variety of different ICE Zone activities for pupils with KS1 and LKS2, as well as providing differentiated work within years 5 and 6.   


Additional music teaching  

Children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument which is provided by Pop Start, a local business music tuition group. Parents who want their children to participate in the scheme pay the additional music lesson fees on a termly basis. These lessons are normally taught to small groups of children who have chosen to learn one of a variety of instruments, including drums, guitar, and keyboards, or vocals. This is in addition to the normal music teaching of the school, but usually takes place during curriculum time.  


The role of the teacher should include:  

Providing children with both taught music lessons and the opportunity to explore through more independent activities is, we believe, integral to the teaching of music. Taught music lessons will encourage pupils to engage in class discussions, where children are given the opportunity to ask and answer music questions.   

ICE Zone music activities will often be carried out by children after having had an initial teacher-input, which gives pupils the opportunity to work independently to demonstrate their understanding of a topic and to explore this further. The children enjoy the opportunity to carry out independent learning, asking and answering questions linking to specific topics. Teachers and teaching assistants in classrooms and the ICE Zones are clear with the expectations of work within music sessions and this is explicitly taught to all pupils through modelling and discussion.   

Specific success criteria that link to aspects of required learning are used within each activity to help children when completing activities.  


Teachers will make sure that:   

  • access to resources will allow children to make choices about their own work   

  • children are given the opportunity to discuss existing pieces of music, as well and create new ones  

  • examples of existing pieces of work by famous musicians are used in exploration stage to engage children and foster an understanding of the larger cultural context of music and its historical significance   

  • resources provided will support the variety of abilities and needs  

  • children are given opportunities to evaluate their work and the work of their peers.  


Teaching within the ICE Zones:  

Every day, the children in both Years 1/2 and in Years 3/4 are split into two groups. One group stays with the class teacher and the other goes out into the ICE Zone. Here they work with experienced TAs on their foundation subjects. Teachers are timetabled on a weekly basis to lead whole class sessions in the ICE Zone on a range of foundation subjects, including music. Every single subject is spread across both ICE Zones so the children receive the best experiences possible.  

Teaching within EYFS:  

Within the EYFS, music falls within Expressive Arts and Design. At The Round House, children's creativity is extended by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play. Staff develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use a range of media and materials. Children are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, music, songs, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities. All of these approaches to expressive arts, help children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.    



Using the National Curriculum, every term, Year 1/2 and 3/4 teachers from the DLPT meet and collaboratively plan this intensive curriculum. As a group, every foundation subject is discussed and planned meticulously to link with the children’s topic. The teachers also take ownership of the unit and introduce the topics to the children at the beginning of every term. Throughout the term, the teachers have a continuously updated overview of how and what the children are learning.  

Likewise, Year 5/6 teachers from The Round House work together to plan all foundation subjects in a similar manner, with the aim being that all lessons will relate to a specific topic which the children will be exploring that term. With the termly topics operating on a two-year cycle, all national curriculum objectives will be covered at the

end of such cycle.   


Useful websites 


Policy document 



Examples of Children’s work