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Warren Mead Infant and Junior Partnership 2020-21

Curriculum Intent


Subject: Music

Subject Leaders: Claire Harris


Curriculum Intent  (what is the purpose of this subject)

At Warren Mead we aim to engage, motivate 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.  In EYFS and KS1 the music curriculum focuses on the pupils developing the basic musical principles of rhythm and melody.  Pupils learn about pulse and rhythm using untuned percussion instruments and melody through  songs, chants and tuned percussion.  Children are introduced to standard rhythmic notation using the Kodaly system and follow the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music,  providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which ensures the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.

Curriculum Implementation (how is the subject structured/sequenced)

Music is taught through our curriculum, using a variety of resources in weekly lessons by our specialist music teacher. We learn to listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. We play a range of tuned and untuned musical instruments and work together to create short compositions.  We explore how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects and learn to control the sounds we create with our voices and instruments.  Through singing songs and performing children learn about the structure and organisation of music and are taught to listen and appreciate different genres. Children learn how music can represent different feelings, emotions and stories. We use and teach musical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.


Musical teaching and learning is not linear and our curriculum allows children to develop new music skills and concepts whilst revisiting and embedding established musical skills and concepts.  Our progression of skills document ensures that the curriculum is covered and the skills, knowledge and vocabulary taught are progressive from year to year. 


Performance is an important part of our musical teaching and learning and all pupils participate in a key stage performance. Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies, singing assemblies and pupils from Reception to Year 6 perform at our annual carol concerts. Pupils who are confident are encouraged to perform in solo performances in our concerts and also regularly at our singing assemblies.  


Music teaching at Warren Mead is not only focused on performance but also providing our pupils with an understanding and appreciation for music. Through our music lessons children study a wide range of musical styles and genres from a range of musical periods.

Pedagogy: (what is the teaching approach taken)

Music teaching at Warren Mead is led by a specialist music teacher in a well-resourced and welcoming music room.  The curriculum is practical and engaging and activities are based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. We recognise that we have children of differing musical abilities in all classes and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.  This is achieved by;  

  • modelling of skills and techniques and modelling use of appropriate vocabulary in context.

  • setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses

  • grouping children by ability and setting different activities for each group, and providing resources of differing complexity depending upon the ability of the child. 

using a teaching model where all responses are welcome, encouraging pupils working at different levels to participate in the lesson.

Evaluation: (how will outcomes be measures for your subject)

As music is a practical subject, assessment may be done by focussing on a small group at a time on certain tasks or skills, observing the children, discussing their work or self/peer/ teacher evaluation against our criteria and end of year expectations.  The learning challenges used to plan and teach music ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives.  This information is recorded and monitored by the music specialist,  recorded on Pupil Asset and used to plan future activities.

Impact of Curriculum (what are the outcomes of your subject)

Our music curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression, build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components, teaching of musical terms, the elements of music and vocabulary.


If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

• Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

• Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.

• Photo evidence and images of the pupils practical learning.

• A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.

• Dedicated music leader time.



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