Music Curriculum

Decades of Pop! Music Club - New College WorcesterINTENT – Our Vision for Music:

At our school, we know that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality musical education will 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 children progress through the curriculum, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to perform, compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. We are committed to children developing a lifelong appreciation of all genres of music and experience the positive affect music can have, underpinned by professional live music experiences to engage and inspire.

Our Curriculum reflects the ethos & aims of the school as well as the context from which our children derive.This means that our curriculum provides the necessary building blocks to develop the necessary Musical knowledge & skills, whilst also promoting British Values, healthy lifestyles & mental well-being, plus excellent behaviour & attitudes. It is underpinned with a large emphasis on SMSC development, a strong practical outworking for others in line with our Christian ethos, whilst also building character & readiness for the next stages of education & the learning journey beyond.

To find out more about our intent, implementation & impact for Art & Design, please open: Our curriculum for Music.


IMPLEMENTATION – Music Planning & Sequencing of Knowledge & Skills:

To find out how Music is planned & sequenced in order that our children can progress through the building blocks for learning, please click below:

Music Subject Overview

Learning Progression


Knowledge _ Skills – Year 1

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 2

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 3

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 4

Knowledge & Skills – Year 5

Knowledge _ Skills – Year 6

Music Policy 2020-22


Aims of the National Curriculum in Music:

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

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Learning Experience: What is the breadth of experience provided for our children?

  • Quality First teaching: variety of teaching styles, varied stimulus, specialist piano, guitar, woodwind teachers.
  • Quality Resources: Charanga (online & interactive scheme of work), Sheffield Music Hub WOPS (cornets) & Sheffield Music Hub Music Leader (Mathew Knowles)
  • Visits: Live Music, Music in the Round, performances at the Crucible Theatre, Halle Orchestra children’s concert at the Sheffield City Hall
  • Visitors: Music in the Round musicians. Sheffield Music Hub live music experiences.
  • Experiences: Performing musically, regularly in the community and in productions at school.
  • Inclusive school choir taught by experienced musician.

TANKERSLEY JOIN THE FAMOUS HALLE ORCHESTRA! - Tankersley St ...Resources: What resources are used to support the teaching & learning of this subject?

  • Extensive range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments.
  • Complete Charanga interactive music scheme allowing children to access all aspects of the music curriculum through singing and instrumental playing with a clear and concise progression framework.
  • Sheffield Music Hub WOPS (cornets) taught by the Sheffield Music Hub Music Leader (Mathew Knowles).


Links with other Subject Areas: What links are made between this & other subject areas?

Links are made with other subject areas wherever possible & music skills are often taught alongside drama and through assembly time and rehearsal for regular school productions.


IMPACT of our Music Curriculum:

We aim for our teaching of Music to have a great impact on the lives of our children not only creatively, but also in laying the foundations for social mobility through the promotion of British Values & SMSC & getting them ready for the next stages of their education.

Readiness for Next Stage of Education: How does this subject prepare our children for the next stage of their educational journey at secondary school & beyond?

We endeavour to ensure that the sequence of content enables our children to progress whilst they are with us, but also to provide the building blocks necessary to build on at secondary school & their learning journey beyond. Underlying all of this is our emphasis on Learning Culture which provides the underlying principles of attitude, resilience & character.

Promotion of Social Mobility: How does this subject promote social mobility?

Our aim is that no child is disadvantaged by their background situation & that, as a school, we provide everything that a child needs so that there are not gaps in learning. As a result, we ensure that children have a broad range of curriculum & cultural experiences, access to a wide variety of musical experiences, multiple opportunities to perform as well as listen and appraise, plus our curriculum is designed in order to boost general as well as subject specific vocabulary.

Promotion of British Values & SMSC: How does this subject promote British Values & SMSC?

Through our rich & varied curriculum, we ensure that our children are well equipped for life in modern Britain &, through subject linkage have an excellent understanding of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Responsibility & Liberty, Mutual Respect plus Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Our Curriculum is driven by SMSC Development &, as a result, pupils thrive – enjoying their lives, learning & want to make a difference for others.

Assessment: How is Art & Design assessed?

  • Teacher assessment
  • Observation
  • Self & peer assessment.

Monitoring & Evaluation: How do we know we have been successful?

  • Lesson observations
  • Results / Data Analysis
  • Discussions

Long Term Memory: How English impact on long term memory?

  • Listening to music
  • Revision & recapping
  • Repeated recall
  • Curriculum Mats
  • Learning Journal
  • Quizzes


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