Purpose and aims

Purpose To engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musiciansTo increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. To develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. Aims To 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 To 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.To use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence To 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.


Our curriculum is categorised in two ways: Breadth – to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. To develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.Depth- pupils are to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes in music Whilst coverage is our goal for the breadth elements, repetition and increasing understanding is our goal for the ‘depth’ elements.  Our curriculum drivers – reflection, initiative, diversity – shape our teaching of Music so that every opportunity is taken to relate Music to the needs of our pupils.  Music is studied throughout the academic year and across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 so that pupils gain a growing development understanding of the overarching skills in the Music curriculum.   2 musical concerts per year.

Progression and Assessment

Our curriculum follows a progression of skills, which mirror the aims of the subject.  We set out our expectations around each skill relating to Basic skills, Mastery of skills and applying skills at greater depth.  It is expected the vast majority of pupils will have a secure understanding of the processes in PE and be working at a Mastery level.  Some children will have a deeper understanding and will be working at Greater Depth. Assessment We assess pupils’ depth of understanding every 2 terms (Term 2, 4 & 6) and use this as a judgement as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations.

Monitoring, evaluation and improvement

The role of the leader in monitoring pupil outcomes is to audit teachers’ judgements.  This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader.  The leader then works collectively with teachers to examine the strengths and limitations in provision to diagnose why the outcomes are as they are.  The leader then creates action plans to improve achievement.  The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effective he or she is as a leader. 

Music Progression of Knowledge and Skills Document Download