Our Curriculum Approach

We deliver Music in discrete lessons, with links to our inquiry-driven projects where appropriate, and singing assemblies to develop our voices. After school, specialist teachers offer private lessons on site and our choir meets weekly for children in Years 3-6. We are fortunate to have a wide range of instruments in our school that are used in our whole class lessons, including handbells, glockenspiels, violins (delivered by a specialist from the Oxfordshire Music Service), recorders, drum kits, ukuleles, guitars and keyboards. As a school, we choose to follow the National Curriculum for Music.

Purpose of Study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Miss Laila Dowse

Before joining us in September 2017, Laila taught Year 5/6 in Cheshire for 2 years, where she led Music in her second year. She is passionate about empowering pupils to explore music confidently, e.g. by colour-coding sheet music to make it more accessible, and often adapts music to suit our children’s voices and tastes.

Here's what your child will learn

Music Yearly Overview