“To inspire self-confidence and a sense of achievement through musical creativity using composition and critical engagement.”

Mrs K Riches (Music Lead)


Music is a worldwide language that personifies one of the highest forms of creativity. An engaging and valued music education should inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. This could lead to an increase in self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen carefully forming opinions and suggestions.

The Big Ideas

Within the music curriculum, we focus on 3 big ideas:

Creativity: Composition and expression of ideas along with performing and the understanding of notation will improve children’s creativity through singing and the playing of different instruments.

Investigation: children will look deeper into how music is expressed in different ways and has changed over the years.

Significance: Appreciation of listening to different types of music from significant composers from Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.

National Curriculum Coverage

Key Stage One

Children will develop an understanding through singing, listening and playing percussion instruments both rhythm and tuned and playing the ocarina whilst learning basic notation.

Key Stage Two

Children learn music history along with listening skills to recall sounds by memory.  Children learn more advanced notation, rhythms and musical terms which lead to performance of expression, fluency and control.


Skills and knowledge within the curriculum are separated into ‘milestones’. Each Milestone contains a range of descriptors that support the children’s progression within the subject. Download our ‘Milestones’ document to see the skills expected within each milestone.