Music Curriculum Milefield Primary School- Knowing, more; Remembering more...

Intent- Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

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In line with the DFE guidance on a broad and balanced curriculum released in July 2021, Milefield Primary School has designed its curriculum to ensure there is breadth but also allows the prioritisation of missed content in core subjects, including key knowledge , skills vocabulary and concepts. This may mean if necessary a lighter touch to some curriculum areas than our usual approach.

At MFPS school we deliver the Music curriculum through a topic, thematic based approach, underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning. Our curriculum meets requirements of the National Curriculum and is extended beyond this to ensure it is ambitious and challenging for all pupils. It is a spiral curriculum which ensures pupils are able to revisit learning year upon year supporting them to build the knowledge and skills to know more & remember more. It is designed to ensure pupils develop the substantive learning and disciplinary knowledge they require to become successful musicians.

Key Concepts...

The curriculum is based on the principles set out in the Model Music Curriculum, non-statutory guidance March 2021, which contribute towards steadily increasing the development of musicianship:


Our curriculum sets out pathways for progression that enables pupils to develop their musical knowledge. As a result, the progress of children in music requires them to develop musically across 3 pillars that interrelate in musicianship:

  • ‘Technical’ development for pupils to translate their intentions successfully into sound.
  • ‘Constructive’ development for pupils to understand how musical components come together both analytically and in the creative process.
  • ‘Expressive’ development to allow children to focus on the more indefinable aspects of music: quality, meaning and creativity.

At HCAT, we have segmented these pillars further to scaffold and support pupils development in music into 6 key concepts which ensure breadth and depth of knowledge is taught through a variety of disciplines:

Singing; Listening; Composing; Musicianship; Performing; Music History

Our musical curriculum content supports pupils in developing these 3 essential pillars, which in turn support the activities of performing, composing and listening.

progressive KNowledge & Skills

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

The Music curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Implementation- Accelerated Learning
Building progressively on taught skills.

The Music curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Impact- Summative & Formative Assessment
Knowing More; Remembering More

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Insight is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Our Progressive Skills Curriculum

Music Lead: Mr S. Trickett


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