Teaching Primary Music KS1 and KS2 (Ages 4-11)

Lessons Plans and Resources for Primary Class Teachers


Music and arts ignite the spark of true learning - they tap into something deeper, something that no intervention or booster session can bring out of a pupil. The power of music improves maths, English, behaviour and attitudes to learning. At Feversham primary we have harnessed this force of human nature to bring happiness and academic success to young hearts and minds. Together with the Benedetti foundation, it is our vision and ambition that teachers across the world are supported to use music to transform the lives of children and lay the foundation of a happy, fulfilling and successful life. A life that can transcend the mundane and connect with the sublime.


Naveed Idrees OBE, Headteacher at Feversham Primary Academy, Headteacher of the Year, 2019 TES School Awards

Training Sessions Dates and Books




About Teaching Primary Music

Teaching Primary Music (KS1 and KS2) was created by Jimmy Rotheram, primary music specialist at Feversham Primary Academy, in Bradford and edited and developed by the Benedetti Foundation. It is a resource designed primarily for teachers working in KS1 and KS2 in England.

Originally created in response to the Covid-19 crisis to support primary classroom teachers, who are non-specialist musicians, bring music into the primary classroom on the return to school, we hope these activities will enable all teachers, teaching assistants, or those responsible for delivering music in the primary setting build their confidence and skills to teach this subject regularly and embed it within the school day.

The resources are designed to be accessible, easy to use and deliver a high-quality music offer to children despite the current COVID-19 restrictions. The videos have been created so that they lead the activity in the classroom, but once teachers have viewed them a few times and built some confidence they can have a go at leading it themselves.

The Resources and Training Sessions

The Teaching Primary Music Package Provides:

  •  6 lesson plans for KS1 ages 4 – 7 and 12 lesson plans for KS2 ages 7-11

  • Books with lesson plans and resources FREE to download here

  • Videos for each activity presented by some of the UK’s top music workshop leaders

  • Training for all and bespoke training sessions for your organisation available.  Click here for more information

The Benefits of Teaching Primary Music


Teaching Primary Music will enable your pupils to:

  • develop confidence and social skills

  • develop an accurate sense of pulse as a group

  • develop an accurate sense of rhythm, from the simple to more complex

  • ensure children understand the concept of pulse/beat

  • develop listening skills

  • explore music of many genres with ACTIVE listening activities embedded throughout

  • develop “thinking voice” or “inner hearing” - the cognitive, internal conceptualisation of music

  • provide a daily, moderate physical work out

  • prepare notation (music reading and writing) skills

  • develop expression and understanding through movement

Download The Books


These books are available to download FREE OF CHARGE


Training Sessions


The Benedetti Foundation in association with Jimmy Rotheram will be running training sessions on these resources for those delivering the lessons to boost your confidence and provide you with an even bigger bank of ideas for teaching primary music.

They will be in groups of a maximum of 60 teachers per session, so teachers are able to ask questions and to help enable a fully interactive session.

Training Dates will be updated here and can be registered for through the forms below. There is a £10 charge for a training session, with full bursaries available.

We are also offering bespoke training and can come to your school or network of schools (virtually) at a time to suit you best. Please contact us to arrange your own training sessions.

Training Dates (Open to All) 

Training sessions are available on the following dates. Please note: the content of the sessions in February and March is the same and teachers should select the date they would prefer to attend.

KS1 - Age 4-7 (All times GMT)

Wednesday 10 February 6-7pm

Wednesday 17 February 7.30-8.30pm

Thursday 25 February 6-7pm

Monday 1 March 7-8pm

KS2 - Age 7-11 (All times GMT)

Thursday 11 February 6-7pm

Wednesday 17 February 6-7pm

Wednesday 3 March 5.30-6.30pm

Wednesday 17 March 7-8pm