“There is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” 

Edward Elgar

Our Music curriculum has been developed to allow our pupils to experience sounds and music in a range of contexts. They find out about composers and the different genres of music that have shaped and influenced the contemporary music that we hear today.

Children listen to a wide range of music genres which they review and evaluate exploring the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture and structure. Throughout school, children have the opportunity to compose their own music and learn musical instruments. Every year, children learn a wide range of songs to sing and perform in front of audiences. Teachers may also choose to deliver themed music sessions linking to whole school topics:

  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Influencers
  • Treasure


We have designed a progression of learning opportunities so that we can teach key musical skills:

  • Tuned (untuned) Instruments
  • Listening
  • Reviewing and Evaluating
  • Composing
  • Performing


Our entire curriculum, including Music, promotes opportunities to be Challenged, build Resilience, experience Enrichment and explore the wider World (#CREW).

Stakeholders have identified that our pupils hold certain barriers when studying music. To ensure our pupils all reach their full potential, we have designed our music curriculum with a focus on these specific barriers which include:

  • Building confidence, stamina and independence
  • Developing oracy and extending vocabulary
  • Knowledge beyond their immediate locality