Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. 


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 

Attainment targets 

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. 

Music for every child at Sandringham

Every child at Sandringham engages in quality music education. The curriculum extends from Nursery to Year 6. Pupils participate in weekly singing assemblies and a one-hour curriculum music lesson with a Music specialist teacher.

From Year 4 pupils are offered the chance to enrol in one-to-one peripatetic music lessons in a number of instrumental styles. Sandringham Primary School works closely with Newham Music to ensure quality teachers deliver tuition. Children are also offered the chance to take music exams in their chosen instrument and work towards gaining music medals. 

Further opportunities for music at Sandringham

As mentioned previously; Sandringham Primary School works closely with Newham Music to ensure quality teachers deliver tuition. Instrumental tuition available includes:

  • Woodwind
  • Strings
  • Piano
  • Drums and Percussion

In addition to the one-to-one tuition available, children can get involved in a number of music clubs and activities including:

  • Year 3 Recorder Club
  • Year 3 and 4 Choir
  • Year 5 and 6 Choir
  • Musical Theatre Club
  • Wind Band
  • E7 Groove

Music performances include:

  • Christmas Concert
  • Proms in the Classroom - Spring Term
  • Summer Term Musical 

At Sandringham we strive to offer extra-curricular opportunities to our pupils. The children have performed at Wembley Arena and The O2, Stratford Theatre and make appearances in and around Newham at different events in the area. We strive to offer these kinds of opportunities every academic year. 

Sandringham’s Music Philosophy

At Sandringham we strive to offer quality music education to every child to inspire our pupils to aspire to be the best they can be. 

Our pupils are offered the opportunity to work with professional musicians where possible. The children are exposed to a wide range of musical genres and are encouraged to learn about music history as part of the National Curriculum and in their extra-curricular music activities. 

The Music Department

Mr S Lambert - Curriculum Leader
Mr G Sullivan - Violin
Mr J Carpenter - Percussion and Drums
Ms E Scarr - Violin
Mr W Paley - Wind, Wind Band and E7 Groove Leader

Progression of Skills - Music

Contact Us
Sandringham Primary School
Sandringham Road, London E7 8ED
tel: 020 8472 3800