Music Curriculum Where words leave off music begins"

Lead Teacher : Miss L Sykes

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

By using the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that every child is given the chane to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.


We use the Charanga spiral musical curriculum to help us sequence our music curriculum. This ensures pupils are given the opportunity to use the correct language and terminology associated with music as well as listening to a wide range of composers and musical genres. Typically, this means each class has a short music lesson every Wednesday morning focusing on these aspects of the music curriculum. Every class has a dance lesson taught by a specialist dance teacher for at least one half term during the year, these sessions provide an opportunity to practise the listening skills and develop a deeper understanding of how music is used within performance.

In addition, specialist music teachers deliver a lesson each week using the scheme in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which focuses on performing and composing music using both recorders and ukuleles. We teach singing in assemblies each week and have a school choir that rehearses every Wednesday lunchtime. Our pupils perform to different audiences including parents regularly as part of both class and whole school productions. Vocabulary is given a high priority and is taught sequentially throughout school.