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Music Subject Leader: Mrs N Kennedy

Our Music Curriculum Intent

At St. Aidan’s CE Primary School, we strive to provide a quality music curriculum that is exciting, engaging and fosters a love of music appreciation, singing and instrument playing. We understand that children’s needs are individual and therefore aim to motivate and nurture each child through our broad and balanced music curriculum so that they can be aspirational and reach their full potential.

Our school recognises that music skills need to be taught, rehearsed, applied, consolidated, practised, revisited in order to be embedded and mastered and therefore we provide lots of opportunities in music and across the curriculum to do this.

St. Aidan’s CE Primary School understands that music can inspire and motivate children, and play an important role in their personal development. Music can also help children develop a greater appreciation of the world we live in, by understanding different cultures and societies through music.

St. Aidan’s delivers a broad and balanced music curriculum, in line with national requirements, which enables pupils 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.
  • Learn to sing and use their voices.
  • Create and compose music on their own and alongside their peers.
  • Have the opportunities to learn a musical instrument, use technology properly and to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • 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.

At St. Aidan’s every child matters and more importantly they know they matter!

 Our Music Curriculum Implementation

We deliver a music curriculum that is accessible to all regardless of needs and is highly engaging. Children are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively sharing ideas, knowledge and skills in a supportive environment. Children are taught to evaluate their own work and the work of others and give feedback in a supportive and constructive way.

St. Aidan’s uses the National Curriculum aims for music, Charanga scheme of work and needs of our children to provide a curriculum that develops music knowledge, understanding and skills through a clear pathway of progression starting from the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Within the music curriculum, children across school develop the skills of listening and appraising, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and perform at a level that is developmentally appropriate to the child/children/class. Each year group builds on knowledge and skills previously developed. All learning within the curriculum builds around the interrelated dimensions of music; pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation.

Children are given opportunities to perform for larger audiences e.g. assemblies, wider community events etc and musicians are invited in to perform for the children and enrich our music curriculum through workshops.

Music Curriculum Impact

At St. Aidan’s CE Primary School, we constantly monitor the progress each child makes so that we can provide a curriculum that moves their learning forward.

We ensure that each child is seen as an individual and can:

  • Express themselves effectively through music
  • Have a positive attitude to music and understand its role in their personal development
  • Have a greater appreciation of the world we live in, by understanding different cultures and societies through music
  • Listen and appraise musical pieces and discuss using musical language and vocabulary
  • Successfully participate musically at a level that is appropriate for them
  • Work individually and collaboratively in music
  • Develop confidence with relation to music


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