At Corporation Road Community Primary School, our music curriculum aims to provide children with an appreciation for music as a method of expression. We believe that music is a powerful form of communication that can inspire and motivate children. It can increase self-confidence, creativity, and imagination as well as providing opportunities for self-expression and teamwork. In doing so, we hope to instil a life-long love and appreciation of music, across different styles and genres that reflects the world that we live in.


  • To allow all children to have the experience of learning how to play an instrument.
  • To explore different ways of using their voices to create sound and song.
  • To ensure all children access high quality music that reflects different genres, time periods and cultures.
  • To develop their self-confidence, creativity and imagination by providing opportunities for self-expression.
  • To build upon what they have learnt about working as a team and being a part of a community.
  • To understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. For children to understand basic notation and musical vocabulary to help them perform within an ensemble

National Curriculum

Key stage 1
Pupils should 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 inter-related dimensions of music.

Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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 inter-related 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

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