Our vision for music


We want to encourage our children to develop their musicality and musicianship. It is our intent to make music expressive, imaginative, energetic and fun. Pupils will progress each year and build on skills that they have been taught previously. They shall be encouraged to participate regardless of ability or gender and experiment with vocal and instrumental sounds. From the initial exploration of sounds and songs in the Foundation Stage, the music curriculum ensures children will sing, listen, play, compose, perform and evaluate. Children are taught technical terms as they progress and they are encouraged to use this vocabulary when discussing musical elements. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. Children listen to a variety of composers across a range of historical periods. Our children further develop their musical skills during the first access scheme. They also have the opportunity to develop their talent through extra curricular clubs. Any child who is gifted and talented are signposted to these clubs. Our children all take part in productions and performances throughout the year which aims to develop their confidence and musical ability. We employ a talented musician to teach and work with our children in order to give them the best quality musical education.

Music Curriculum Rationale

At Crompton Primary we are musicians! We want our children to love music. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to music producers, songwriters, composers or singers.  The music curriculum has been carefully designed so that our pupils develop their critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a range of musical genres.  We want all our pupils to remember their music learning in our school, to cherish these experiences and embrace the opportunities they are presented with.

Curriculum Intent

The music curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our pupils to become independent and resilient.We want to equip pupils with ambition beyond the minimum statutory requirements of the music National Curriculum and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The curriculum is meticulously planned with the intention to address social disadvantage and ensure that all pupils - including those with SEND - have an opportunity to engage with a challenging curriculum and achieve success. Any gaps in pupils’ knowledge are quickly identified and addressed to ensure that pupils are supported to meet the ambitious intended end points of the curriculum in music.
The music curriculum is focused upon the development of technical, constructive and expressive knowledge and skills. It is progressively sequenced to ensure that pupils’ knowledge of performance, composition and musical quality are built over time and ready them for their next steps in learning.  This enables an understanding of different historical periods, traditions and genres and the works of great composers and musicians. Disciplinary knowledge such as, musical composition is taught through substantive contexts and is developed across each phase in school. Through their critical engagement, pupils learn the discipline of the subject and apply their knowledge and skills to think and work as a musician. The teaching of a spiral progression of inter-related musical dimensions such as, pulse, rhythm, pitch support the pupils in both musical appraisal and how composers create a multi-layered piece of music.
We want our pupils to use the vibrancy of our great town and wider city to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have. We achieve this by providing strong local contextual links where possible. For example, the curriculum offers a visit to the Bridgewater Hall where learning is hands on and supports the application of musical knowledge in a fun and exciting experience building on the knowledge and concepts pupils have gained.
British Values and our core values are placed at the heart of everything we do. This often feeds into the music curriculum. Cultural capital development is addressed through visits, online exploration, workshops in school and first-hand experiences. We enrich pupils’ time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Curriculum Implementation

We effectively develop and invest in our teaching staff to ensure that they are fully equipped with expert subject knowledge in order to support the delivery of the exceptional music curriculum. Teaching is highly effective for all pupils. Teachers present the curriculum content clearly through composites and component parts supported by Junior Jam schemes of work, which break the unit knowledge, concepts and skills down for each lesson in each year group.
The curriculum is delivered through a subject specific approach, which supports pupils to develop the key concepts and knowledge of the music curriculum. Each lesson within a unit of work is carefully crafted and builds upon what has been previously taught from one year to the next.
Frequent audits of the music curriculum take place. Following the findings from these audits, the music curriculum is adapted to build upon the learning opportunities and assessment end points for each year group and ensures progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.  The way music is taught follows a specific and consistent structure.
Pupils take inspiration from composers and musicians throughout history to help generate ideas for their work. They explore and practice the knowledge, skills and techniques involved in the unit and use their class books to record their observations and to review and revisit ideas before producing a final piece. This process is replicated for each music unit. The way each discipline is taught is revisited in each phase, at a progressively deeper level.
Music subject specific characteristics, which we expect the pupils to demonstrate, have been developed and shared with all stakeholders. These characteristics underpin all work in music and form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils. These characteristics are:
To critically engage with music with a developed love of music and their talents as a musician
To develop self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement
To compose, perform and listen with discrimination to the best in musical canon
To evaluate a music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions including the works of great composers and musicians
To learn to sing and use their voices to create and compose music individually and with others
To explore how music is created, produced and communicated
To use and understand the terms: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure and appropriate musical notations
A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
The teaching of the music curriculum is planned and delivered to support pupils to transfer key knowledge into their long-term memory and therefore improve the progress they make. Essential vocabulary is identified within each lesson and unit of work to ensure that our pupils can discuss and analyse the music content effectively.
Whilst delivering the curriculum, teachers are constantly checking to ensure that pupils are learning the necessary knowledge and identifying and addressing misunderstandings. Assessment is used as a tool to support pupil learning.
The music curriculum is research evidence informed in relation to the content, delivery and process of learning.

Curriculum Impact

We use both formative and summative assessment information in music. Assessment informs learning to ensure that all pupils including disadvantage and those with SEND achieve highly and acquire the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Staff use assessment information to inform their short-term planning and address misconceptions. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils. The end points for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down. This means that the essential knowledge, skills and concepts in music are progressive and build year on year.

Our well-constructed curriculum in music leads to pupils’ successful learning. This is evidenced in the outcomes within class books and display work produced. Pupils are well prepared for the next steps and stages of their learning due to the progressive and well-sequenced curriculum. As a result, pupils  know more and remember more as they move through the music curriculum at Crompton Primary.

Music - Curriculum Documents 

  • Music - National Curriculum 

  • Music - Progression Map and End Points

  • Music - Charanga Progression Map


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