Music Curriculum Statement, Knowledge and Skills Progression


Subject Vision: “There is music in every child. The teacher's job is to find it and nurture it.” - Frances Clark

The vision for our Music curriculum is for it to be an engaging, enjoyable and progressive learning experience which inspires creativity and self-expression. We aim to foster a love of music in our pupils by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. Listening and responding to different musical styles and finding their voices as singers, performers and composers enables our pupils to become confident, reflective musicians.

Statement of Intent:

The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who can demonstrate these things:

  •         Sing and use their voices individually and in a group
  •         Create and compose music on their own and with others, using tuned and untuned instruments 
  •         Use technology appropriately when composing pieces 
  •         Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument and perform alongside their peers 
  •         Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated to an audience
  •         Listen to, review and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians 
  •         Use and understand musical language and include musical features in their own work 
  •         Make judgements about the quality of music that they hear and play themselves


Whimple has chosen a knowledge-engaged curriculum.

This means following a skills-progression curriculum model with knowledge underpinning the application of skills. The 2002 Education Act requires schools to provide a ‘balanced and broadly based curriculum’ which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at our schools and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We intend to deliver the 2014 National Curriculum in a purposeful, engaging and creative way by providing a broad curriculum that ensures that there are enough subjects on the timetable and a balanced curriculum and that each subject is given sufficient space on the timetable to deliver its distinct contribution. The school curriculum is broader than the National Curriculum and our intention is to give children a rich and deep musical experience.