Music Intent


Our curriculum at Broughton Primary School encompasses the following aims to meet the needs of our children and the Music curriculum is vehicle to bring these aims to life:

Aims of our curriculum

  • ENGAGEPro-actively engage children in their education and help them to be responsible for their successes and achievements both academically and socially

A variety of pitched and unpitched musical instruments are available for children to use for compositions and performance as well as immersive experiences such as school productions and the chance to work with Hampshire Music Service. These provide a wide range of engaging learning opportunities as well as developing the children’s skills of composition, performance and listening.

  • EVALUATEThey will have the ability to evaluate the choices they can make and make conscious decisions based on these evaluations

Children develop a breadth and depth to their understanding by making links between instruments used by different cultures. Learning journeys are made clear to the children with an outcome we are working towards and the steps along the way. Opportunities for reflection are planned into each learning journey to allow the children to look back on their performances and evaluate their successes as well as setting developmental targets for moving forward.

  • EMPOWER – The children will feel empowered and unafraid of challenge or initial failure

Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of dimensions of music in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use music in a wide variety of context, ensuring they make progress. Children are empowered in their learning by developing real life opportunities for children to share their work.

  • REPONSIBLEThe children will have a developed sense of shared responsibility for things outside their immediate person.

Teaching across both key stages provides opportunities for children to build on their cultural awareness through consideration of different societies through Music and developing a breadth and depth to their understanding by making links between instruments used by different cultures.

  • ENJOYMENT – The children will love/look forward to coming to school (the majority of the time!)

At Broughton Primary School, we intend that children should master Music to such an extent that they can make use of music effectively within their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Music in a way that ensures progression of skills and follows a sequence to build on previous learning.

Music Curriculum Implementation

We follow a broad and balanced Music curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a Music scheme that follows the progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Music curriculum.


All classes will have a scheduled Music lesson each week that will link, where possible, to other areas of the curriculum. We want to ensure Music is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using music are always taken. Music is taught each week and teachers plan from the National Curriculum objectives alongside lessons led by Hampshire Music Service specialists. Each year group has a long-term plan which outlines the learning journeys to be covered referring to the units in the National Curriculum. This is a progressive cyclical learning approach where learning is revisited over the course of each Key Stage, deepening their understanding each time.


By presenting our learning in this way, and allowing children the opportunity to deep their understanding, children have the opportunities to develop their singing and performance skills as well as learning about interrelated elements of music, and composing music using written notation. We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become musicians teaching them to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tunes and untuned instruments musically
  • Sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control
  • 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 interrelated dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • 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


Computing Curriculum Impact

Our children enjoy and value Music and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Music in the context of their personal wellbeing and the technological, creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities. Progress in Music is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Music assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through observing how they perform in lessons and talking to them about what they know. The Music curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work and sharing their work with others. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the record of the process leading to them.