Music Progression and Assessment Maps for Years 1-6

Do you need to plan or refresh your Music Curriculum? These maps are designed to support music coordinators measure attainment and monitor progress within primary music. The maps provide some guidance and suggestions for activities and assessment linked to the attainment targets of the National Curriculum for Music for each year group.

Who are these maps for?

  • The music coordinator and senior management will find them very useful to identify expectations and progress in music across the year groups.
  • Class teachers will find the maps useful guidelines to indicate expectations in music. Familiarity with the attainment targets for music will help ensure that music planning covers the range of activities expected and ensure the breadth of skills are taught across the year.
  • All staff will find them useful to both plan and monitor their music provision for each year group.

Why are the maps useful?

  • National Curriculum levels for all subjects ceased from September 2014. Like other foundation
    subjects, there is no guidance for assessment.
  • Schools need to work out what they want pupils in their schools to be able to do, know and
    understand in music; these maps will help.
  • These maps will be a good foundation for supporting a school’s tracking and assessment
  • Non specialist teachers teaching class music need plain guidance and support.

How can the maps help with planning and assessment?

  • Although these maps are not to seen as check lists, they will give ideas for activities and
  • resources that class teachers can use and adapt.
  • The assessment statements can also help explain/devise/find suitable activities, especially for
  • non-specialist teachers.
  • The ‘I can’ statements are suggestions of attainment for each year group for all abilities.

Many schools work with three levels of attainment
For example:

  • Working Towards, Working At or Working Beyond
  • Can achieve with some help, Can achieve, Can achieve well
  • Emerging, Established, Embedded

The suggested assessment statements in the maps can be adapted to fit any of these criteria if
needed. The suggested activities/skills are just that. They are suggestions of the type of activities
associated at that level. They may give staff ideas of other activities and resources to use.

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Created: Mar 19, 2018

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