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Music Intent Statement



At Mill Lane Primary School, it is our intent to make music an enjoyable learning experience, to build a musical curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and improved well-being. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on promoting a love of music and singing. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. As our pupils progress they will become equipped to use descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions and how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.                                                                                                           The 2014 National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


At Mill Lane Primary, these skills are embedded within music lessons and developed throughout the journey of the music curriculum. Teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of music. The content and principles underpinning the music curriculum are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum. We use the National Curriculum Programmes of study and the Cornerstones Scheme of Work to guide us on the content and focus of each objective to inform our curriculum. These units are enriched by cross curriculum work when appropriate. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an understanding of “Expressive Art and Design” by the end of the academic year.



Research suggests that arts participation has a greater effect on average for younger learners and, in some cases for disadvantaged pupils, benefits have been found. Wider benefits include more positive attitudes to learning and increased well-being. At Mill Lane we strive so that children will achieve age related expectations in music at the end of their cohort year, they will retain knowledge that is pertinent to music but more importantly, opportunities for improved well-being and confidence will be increased.