Curriculum Intent


At Istead Rise, our music curriculum ensures that our children gain a thorough understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Children discover the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. The music curriculum intends to inspire creativity and self-expression in our children, as well as giving them opportunities to connect and work alongside other children cooperatively. Our aim is for every child to develop descriptive language skills from their music lessons and to be able to explain how music can embody different feelings, emotions and narratives. In addition to this, students will be taught technical vocabulary such as: volume, pitch, beat and rhythm, and we actively encourage children to discuss music using these terms. Overall, we wish for all children to deepen their understanding of music in the world and to gain an overview of the significant role of music throughout history. 

Curriculum Implementation

Children are taught Music lessons throughout the school year in termly blocks. In these lessons, pupils explore specific topics each term. These include: singing and composing, music history and the production and creation of music. Through these lessons children are able to develop an in-depth knowledge of what they are being taught and to acquire new skills. Music lessons are planned according to the school’s music curriculum, which is based on the aims and requirements in the National Curriculum.

To ensure each child feels challenged and has opportunities to progress further with their learning, teachers provide varying types of activities, and encourage children to work in groups or pairs. This enables all of our children to access the music curriculum equally. During music lessons, children will be exposed to a variety of instruments, genres, rhythms and structures and have opportunities to play some instruments themselves. They will also be taught to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music and will practice singing and musical composition. 

In addition to weekly music lessons, the use of music is encouraged within other lessons to broaden children’s concept of music and its role in the wider world. We also ensure that children and parents have the option to access music tutors who visit the school weekly. 

All children will also have lessons in how to play a musical instrument.