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Music Curriculum

music Curriculum Statement of Intent

Subject Leader is Mr Thursby.

The national curriculum for music states that all children should:

  • 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.

A Cherry Willingham Primary Academy we value music because it is a fantastic way for all children to work together in a creative Way. It can have a positive impact on how children feel, think and behave in school as well as fostering positive listening skills, motor skills and the ability to express themselves. We believe that every child, regardless of ability or background, should have the opportunity to experience music in all of its forms and we seek to offer an inclusive, varied and fun curriculum that meets the needs of all individuals. We aim for children to leave our school equipped with the basic skills and vocabulary they need whilst nurturing the musical talent of individuals whenever possible.


Our curriculum has been chosen carefully and is heavily centred around progression, vocabulary and skills. We use the Music Express scheme of work which more than fulfils our needs, teaching the children skills that they need at primary school but also preparing them for KS3. Through the scheme, skills and knowledge are taught in a progressive way to ensure that children move forwards in their learning year on year through carefully sequenced activities that maximise their learning.

Alongside our scheme of work, children have the opportunity to learn an instrument via peripatetic teacher who come into school from the Lincoln Music Service. Lessons include guitar, violin and cello. KS1 and year 4 also have the opportunity to be taught by a specialist teacher from the LMS. This takes the form of singing in EYFS and Djembe drumming in Year 4.

Our in school music lead also runs a choir club for KS1 and KS2 children.

Various concerts and performances take place at various times of the year, especially Christmas, and, as a result, children get the opportunity to foster their performance skills in front of an audience. Weekly singing assemblies are an inclusive way of ensuring all children learn a variety of songs and skills including pitch and rhythm.


We aim for our pupils to enjoy music in all of its forms, and access it in a variety of ways, either as listeners, composers or performers. They will be confident when talking about music using accurate technical vocabulary, and will understand that music is diverse in terms of genre and where it originates from.

Children will be able to sing, understand pulse, change the pitch of their voices and mimic or create rhythmic patterns. We aim for children to leave our school with a love of music that they will foster and develop further in the future.

Music is taught for 1 hour per week.

please click the link below to see our long term overview

Music Long Term Overview

Music at Cherry