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What we believe

At Latymer All Saints, we believe that music is a universal language that inspires creativity and expression. Music is an integral part of our school’s ethos. We believe that music encourages confidence, self-awareness and creativity. It is a key that can unlock a child’s potential in so many different areas that are vital to a successful and happy life. 

We aim to provide high quality music provision for all children, supporting and encouraging them to achieve their full potential. We aim to foster a love and understanding of music, nurturing and bringing out their musicality. Over the course of their study, the children will develop a range of musical skills and abilities becoming confident using key musical vocabulary in context.  They will:

  • 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.

“We should never underestimate the power of music, it knows no boundaries of language, race or background. It is the universal language – everyone has a soundtrack to their lives.”

Julian Lloyd Webber, Cellist and Conductor

What we do:


Embedded in our creative curriculum, music is taught throughout the school in line with the National Curriculum objectives. We also use Chris Quigley’s milestones to monitor progression throughout different year groups. Our music lessons are linked to the topic enabling pupils to study the given musical skill or aspect in a creative and meaningful way.

For example, as part of Year 1’s ‘African Adventure’ topic, children learn how to play energetic rhythms and beats on West African drums, which is an important percussion instrument around the world.  They also learn chants and songs from all over Africa. The sessions end with a concert, which is performed to parents.

In Year 3, as part of their topic ‘Eurovision’, the pupils explore a piece, by a Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, called ‘Finlandia’. This BBC TEN PIECES unit of work gives children the opportunity to listen and reflect on a piece of classical orchestral music, create their own rhythmic ostinatos and structure them into a piece, write and perform a simple song as an ensemble and begin to learn simple staff notation as well as the musical language appropriate to the tasks given.

During the ‘Angry Earth’ topic, year 5 explore ‘Earth’ a musical piece written by German film composer Hans Zimmer. Children listen, compose and perform in an ensemble.

Music is used in various ways including to mark special school events, which often includes music and singing with year groups as well as a whole school song. Music is used as an effective tool to enrich and enhance learning and is also incorporated into daily routines such as our lunchtime prayers, learning number, sounds and chanting times tables. We also have an increased number of pupils taking up individual music lessons with a private tutor provided by Enfield Music service.

By the end of each academic year, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and processes specified in the relevant area of study.

Collective Worship – Praise Assembly

Our weekly praise assemblies teach songs and messages, which are connected to our school’s core values of LOVE, ASPIRATION and SERVICE. We often explore the meaning and background of the songs and children are encouraged to communicate the meaning and the message through their voices using emotion, phrasing and diction. The praise assemblies are also used to prepare children for the songs that they will sing in church services and special assemblies such as the Harvest, Christmas and Easter services.

Latymer All Saints Gospel Choir

Our diverse and dynamic gospel choir is open to all pupil in KS2 (years 3-6) and rehearsals are held weekly during lunchtime. The children are taught a range of vocal skills and techniques as well as various genres and languages. The children are offered many opportunities to perform, both inside and outside of school.  The choir perform at all of the school’s special services (including Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Black History Month and the Year 6 leavers’ service).  The choir also take part in various other events in the local community such as singing at Edmonton Green and the Enfield Music Festivals held in different venues around Enfield.

Music Week

We aim to provide high quality music provision for all children, supporting and encouraging them to achieve their full potential. Our school’s annual music week provides an opportunity for children to explore a love for music as well as raise funds for music provision, which goes towards things like African drumming lessons, recorder sessions, maintaining or replacing instruments and so much more.

The week consists of musical workshops, concerts put on by music students from local schools, special assemblies with guest speakers, talent shows, dress up days and year group performances amongst other activities, which are all based around the given theme.

Private Music Lessons- Enfield Music Service – Instrumental/Vocal Tuition Information

Each term, parents can book private music lessons for their child, which need to be applied for by the closing date before the start of the new term. The lessons are run by Enfield Music Service (EMS). Depending on the demand, a trained tutor will come into the school, during school hours, for the music tuition (in school lessons will need to be booked before the start of each term). For more information and to book for the next term, click the link below:

Lesson Store | Enfield Council


Lessons are given once a week during the school day and lessons may be delivered during break or lunchtimes as well as during curriculum time.

EMS also have evening tuition centres and week-day ensembles.


Your child will be required to bring their instrument to their first lesson (excluding Drum Kit, Double Bass, Piano and Keyboard


The EMS office is based at Garfield Primary School site but is closed to visitors unless you have made an appointment. The admin team can be contacted during term time by emailing

For individual year group focus see our curriculum overview below


What we achieve

By the end of each academic year, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the elements, skills and processes specified in the relevant area of study. Through regular pupil voice discussions and the monitoring of work outcomes (in books and through observation), we assess how confidently the children can talk about and demonstrate the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.

See Music milestones progression document below for how Music skills develop year on year

Examples of Music in action:

Useful website links:

BBC Bitesize KS1

BBC Bitesize KS2

Purple Mash