Pelham Primary School



COVID-19 update

Music is incredibly important to us at Pelham. However, during the Coronavirus pandemic we are guided by the Department for Education as to how and what we can teach, so that adults and children can be safe. We are pleased that after working with the Merton Music Foundation and Rocksteady that we are able to still offer instrumental lessons (individual and Year 4 flutes) and Rocksteady sessions to the children. These sessions have undergone rigorous risk assessment procedures and we have worked very closely with the teachers leading these. The Music curriculum also continues to be taught in classes, with necessary adjustments made.We continue to refer to the latest DfE guidance on Music and give consideration to what we can offer at Pelham 

Children at Pelham are given a variety of ways to develop their musical talents. We take part in a number of exciting projects across the school and have a rich and varied curriculum

 At Pelham we want all pupils to:


The Merton Music Foundation arranges for specialist peripatetic music teachers to visit the school to take individual or small groups of interested children for lessons on the piano, flute and guitar. There is also the opportunity for children to become young rock stars through ‘Rock Steady’, a club where children can form a band and learn the keyboard, drums, electric guitar, bass guitar or sing! The children then get to perform once a term to both the school and parents.


Children in Year 4 are taught to play the flute, by a specialist teacher throughout the year. These sessions also include other musical skills such as reading music and understanding musical vocabulary. Every child then performs at a special showcase, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt.




Year 5 putting on an amazing show at

The Royal Albert Hall in 2019

At Pelham, every year we participate in a wide variety of workshops and projects based around or linked to music. For example, our Year 5’s have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and provide opportunities for children to see high quality live music being performed whenever possible such as trips to New Wimbledon Theatre or arranging for musicians to come to the school.


Every class performs a class assembly for parents and carers once a year. These special assemblies always have a musical influence with singing, percussion and dance playing an important part. The assemblies are very popular and always well attended by parents.


Every Christmas, we stage two productions for Early Years/Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and Year 5 perform a carol concert. Year 6 also have a production in the summer term as one of their final challenges before moving on the secondary Once a year, usually during the spring term, the whole school is encouraged to participate in ”Pelham’s Got Talent” or “Strictly Come Dancing”; events which showcases the children’s many creative talents including singing, playing musical instruments, dancing and comedy sketches. The events are hugely popular for both children and staff alike.



Curriculum Guidance

Click on the link below for an overview of the music topics taught across each year group, throughout the year.

Music Curriculum Overview

For a detailed description of the skills and knowledge taught in each Key Stage, click here to download the National Curriculum for music.