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Music Curriculum Intent:

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children: 

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • Be taught to sing, create and compose music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At Aston-By-Sutton Primary School pupils gain a firm understanding of what music is through performing, listening and composing. This will include singing, both in class and as a whole school, playing tuned and untuned instruments, and evaluating and analysing music across a wide range of musical traditions and historical periods.

We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music.

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

Music Curriculum Implementation:

Schemes of Work: Charanga Music scheme of work is used at Aston-By-Sutton Primary School which is in line with the National Curriculum. Lessons are planned for and the Music National Curriculum content is covered throughout EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

All pupils in the EYFS are taught Music as a weekly lesson and as an integral part of the play-based learning covered during the academic year.

The music curriculum ensures pupils sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded through structured music lessons as well as singing assemblies, occasional visits from specialist music teachers and concerts and performances.

Over the year, each year group has opportunities to explore and investigate elements of performing on tuned and untuned percussion instruments, singing, composing and listening using the inter-related dimensions of music. Through the units of work, pupils will learn about famous composers and musicians throughout history and different traditions.

Basic Skills: Cross-curricular links are made to give children opportunities to apply and embed skills from other areas of the curriculum and use their skills in purposeful contexts.

Language: Technical vocabulary is taught, which is essential to acquire a rich knowledge and understanding of Music.

Independent Learners: Pupils explore instruments, sounds and movement on their own, learning to think creatively and express themselves.

Collaborative Learning: Children work as part of a team when composing and performing. They use skills to negotiate, learn how to work with others and respect and value the work and opinion of others.

Capital Culture:  Opportunities are mapped out across the curriculum for pupils to learn about the essential contribution made by both women and men of different races, ethnic groups and religious beliefs to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Enrichment: Visits and visitors are arranged to provide our children with first-hand, purposeful experience to support and develop their learning.

Music Curriculum Impact:

Children at Aston-By-Sutton Primary will know more, understand more and remember more about Music. The impact of our Music curriculum will result in our children feeling confident in expressing themselves through music and evaluating performances, pieces and artists. They will also know about great composers, musicians and performers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

At Aston-By-Sutton Primary, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Images, audio recordings and videos to show children’s practical learning.
  • ‘Pupil Voice’ to find out children’s learning experience and measure their knowledge and skills.
  • Staff meetings where staff can share good practice and evidence of Music across the school.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.


Respect – Inspire – Achieve

Through Music, all of our learners have the opportunity to reflect our Values of Respect – Inspire – Achieve by

Respect - We respect equipment, we listen and respect others' ideas and feelings about music. We respect the various musicians and genres we listen to. We respect that learning is a journey and we won't always get it right first time.

Inspire - We are inspired by the work of others and our own work, we inspire others by sharing our methods and ideas with them, we take on challenges and are positive about our learning. We are inspired to develop a love of music.

Achieve - We push ourselves to achieve the very best that we can in our knowledge, instrument playing and singing, we strive to achieve more creatively to support our musical ambitions.


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