How Music is taught at Hillbourne Primary School

Our music curriculum aims to provide our pupils with a range of musical experiences, where they can develop a real love for music as a whole, through both musical history and singing, performing with instruments, listening, improvising, composing, notation and appraising.

We tailor and put greater emphasis on specific themes, in response to our pupils needs. For example:

  • Providing a singing club after a real interest in singing was shown by children from our weekly singing assemblies.
  • Offering a range of music lessons taught by professional tutors.
  • Teaching a block of ukulele lessons for every child in Year 4 by a professional tutor.

Our whole curriculum is comprehensibly planned and clearly sequenced and music follows this consistent design, effectively adapting and developing to meet the needs of ALL pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities and those that are disadvantaged.

Our music curriculum is taught by the class teacher, who will first revisit prior learning.

We return to previous learning, in order for pupils to retrieve knowledge from their long-term memory and build on this, with the introduction of new knowledge. This is through an approach of clear modelling and scaffolding of new concepts. The pupils will then practise applying this knowledge in a group or individual task and have opportunities to deepen their understanding with reasoning and explanation.

We use key CONCEPTS that are thread through our Music curriculum, from Yr R to Yr 6, in order to build on prior learning and support pupils making strong links in their knowledge, from previous learning.

We want children leaving Hilbourne Primary school to be able to:-

  • Identify their preferences in music.
  • Understand the history behind pieces of music.
  • Read and use basic musical notation.
  • Have had the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, glockenspiel and ukulele.
  • Enjoy singing and performing.
  • Improvise to a range of music.
Music Concept Map
Knowledge Progression Music