Our Music Curriculum



At Haslingfield Endowed Primary School, the intention in Music is 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 are able 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. 

We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and a respect for the role that music may be expressed in any person’s life. We aim to help children in understanding the value and importance of music in the wider community, and to ensure that they can use their musical knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.

Our Music supports our school vision of “giving children opportunities to progress and flourish. We aim to provide children with a stimulating environment to build confidence and experience success”. It also contributes to our statutory duty to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. 



The Primary National Curriculum states that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Haslingfield, we firmly believe this and have developed a high-quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their selfconfidence, creativity, and sense of achievement.

The curriculum has been developed to follow NC guidelines and by using specialist experience. We ensure that children listen, sing, play, perform and evaluate.  This is embedded in classroom activities, our weekly singing assemblies, various concerts, productions, and performance opportunities.  The interrelated dimensions of music are taught so children are able analyse and understand how it is made, played, and appreciated. 

In class, children learn how to play different instruments gaining knowledge of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation.  They also learn how to compose by focussing on different dimensions of music.  This feeds their understanding when listening to, playing, or analysing music.  Performing and composing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, developing the pupils’ understanding of musical elements. Y6 also complete Trinity Arts Award Explore/Bronze and the school is an Arts Award Centre. The curriculum is enhanced with visiting instrumentalists giving concerts and workshops, extra-curricular musicmaking: recorder groups, a very busy choir, instrumental ensemble, and full range of instrumental tuition from visiting instrumental teachers. Pupils are able to perform in regular concerts throughout the year.



Children have access to a varied musical programme at Haslingfield, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as where to improve.  They can access fundamental abilities such as achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection.  Children are able to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions, and ideas, acknowledging and respecting those of others.  

Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.  Children can enjoy music in as many ways as they choose - as listener, performer and/or creator.  They can dissect music and comprehend its parts, they can sing, appreciate, and have an understanding of how to further develop skills as they become young people in their community.