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Music Curriculum Statement

Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn, and can lead to better brain development, increase in human connection and boost creativity.

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • Learn to sing, create and compose music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated


The integral nature of music and the learner creates a rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others and self-reflection.


At Hanbury Primary, it is our intention to first and foremost help children feel that they are musical and to develop a life-long love of music. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. The children at Hanbury will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music, listening and responding to music. Children are also taught to respect and appreciate music from all traditions and communities.


The Music curriculum is embedded in classroom activities, following the Kapow scheme during our weekly Music lessons. Kapow’s Primary Music scheme takes a holistic approach to Music in which the individual strands of performing, listening, composing, the history of Music and the inter-related dimensions of Music, are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences. The Kapow scheme follows the spiral curriculum model where previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. In each lesson, pupils will actively participate in developing their musical skills and their understanding of how music works. The impact of following the Kapow scheme means children will develop to be more confident performers, listeners and composers and will be able to express themselves musically. They will also show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles and understand the ways music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.


The children at Hanbury experience and enjoy music during the weekly singing assemblies, concerts, performances and through the learning of instruments. Some of our children are learning to play the recorder and brass instruments such as the trumpet, trombone and euphonium. A Music specialist delivers Music lessons to the children in Early Years, giving them a good foundation of musical knowledge.