Curriculum Intent- Music

At Willen Primary we believe that:

  • Music brings communities together through the shared love of music. 
  • All children should access a progressive and diverse music curriculum. 
  • Music lessons should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and express themselves. 
  • Music lessons should be taught in an inclusive manner for all to achieve and enjoy. 
  • Pupils should build their self-confidence and creativity through music lessons. 
  • Children should have the opportunity to perform regularly; whether this is within their classes, whole school performances, or trips outside of school such as Young Voices.

Implementation of Music

  • Music lessons are taught weekly for 40 minutes. 
  • Children also attend a weekly 20-minute singing assembly. 
  • Opportunities to listen to a range of culturally diverse music are given, such as at the beginning of each assembly and through RIC lessons. 
  • All children from Year 1 – 6 listen to a range of culturally diverse music through their RIC lessons (Exceeding Reading). This happens three times a term. The children answer questions using the skill umbrellas to build their understanding of different genres of music. 
  • In EYFS and KS1, music is taught through the use of active music and free flow activities provided in EYFS. The children are taught the key vocabulary needed to succeed in music lessons in KS2, focusing on the skills of – rhythm and pulse, pitch, singing, and instrumental activities. 
  • In KS2, children are taught following the scheme of Charanga. The key skills taught are: listening and appraising, singing, playing, improvising, composition, and performing. 
  • The curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge that the children acquire through previous learning and units. 
  • Opportunities to learn an instrument are given within the school day, as part of lessons or as an extra-curricular activity. 
  • In terms 1-4, Year 4 receive instrumental lessons through the local music hub.