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Music Curriculum

At Junction Farm Primary School, music is an important ingredient in the children’s education. Music is used to develop children’s confidence and imagination. Our children are able to develop skills in listening, composition and performance. Music also plays a great part in our collective worship. Our children are given the chance to perform in concerts, plays, carol services, talent shows and class assemblies. We aim to give every child the opportunity to participate in a structures scheme of musical experiences and develop at their own pace, no matter what their age or ability.


Curriculum Intent:

At Junction Farm, we follow the National Curriculum for music, which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity 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.


Curriculum Implementation:

  • Quality first teaching with opportunity for CPD.
  • Monitoring of the quality of teaching through work scrutiny, planning, acquisition of skills and pupil voice.
  • Enriched opportunities in and beyond the curriculum (expertise, afterschool clubs and class visits).
  • Charanga, online music education resource.
  • Regular performances (Christmas, Easter, End of Year, assemblies)
  • Music assembly
  • Displays
  • Music of the month


Early Years Children will be taught to:


  • Listen to music.
  • Sing songs.
  • Experiment with instruments.
  • Respond to music through actions and independent movement.


Key Stage 1 pupils will be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.

Key Stage 2 pupils will be taught to:

  • Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.
  • Each child will have the opportunity to learn to play a tuned instrument, currently: Y4 recorders; Y5 cello or violin; Y6 brass instruments.


Curriculum Impact:

  • Evidence of the progression of skills though ability in performance at different levels.
  • To gain experience and skills, drawing on the support of expertise.
  • Children to enthusiastically be a part of and discuss their learning journey, using enriched vocabulary and discussion of skill.
  • High attainment and progress for all children, supported through relevant intervention.
  • Quality evidence of work across school on display and on social media: share with parents and stakeholders.


Key lines of enquiry:

  • Can the children play?
  • Can the children perform?
  • What musical language can the children use?
  • Can the Children respond appropriately to music?