The National Curriculum . . . 
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 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.
Using and Understanding Notation
The National Curriculum requires junior school children to use and understand staff (and other) notations.
This year (2018/ 19), children across the school (EYFS up to Y6) are learning to recognise and play rhythmic notation, supported by resources from the Bristol Music Curriculum.  
In 2019 / 20, children will build their knowledge of pitch notation, whilst continuing to practise and consolidate the reading and writing of rhythmic notation.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical period, genres, styles and traditions, including 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 inter related dimensions: