Music

Music Curriculum Intent

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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)

The aims of our Music curriculum are:

  • To build a musical curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved well-being.
  • To promote a love of music and singing across a broadened curriculum.

This will enable us to develop pupils who:

  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
  • Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers.
  • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
  • Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments, both un-tuned and tuned.
  • Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
  • Use a range of musical language.
  • Use technology if appropriate.
  • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.

Music Curriculum Implementation

Music teaching at Hale Academy aims to deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum. Teachers will plan lessons using our school knowledge and skills document and use Charanga scheme of work. Music lessons are taught weekly with an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology. This allows for progression of skills and adds breadth and variety to lessons.


Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Singing and Voice
  •  Playing instruments
  • Improvisation / Composition
  • Perform and Share

Music teaching is practical and engaging. A variety of teaching approaches and activities are provided based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. Lessons typically involve a combination of the following; games, songs, challenges, listening to music and discussing music, playing a range of musical instruments, performing back, finding the pulse and composing music using notation sheets or technology. Open ended tasks are provided that can have a variety of responses and teachers also differentiate activities using the Charanga Bronze, Silver and Gold challenges.

Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Hale Academy. Pupils participate in singing assemblies and pupils from Reception to Year 6 perform in school productions. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances. Furthermore, pupils from Reception to Year 6 all attend our whole school pantomime at one of our local theatres to see first-hand how music performance can be engaging and fun.

Subject Progression Map

Subject progression maps can be found here

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