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A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


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


  • 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


Music at Caedmon


At Caedmon, we encourage children to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and experiment with, creating, selecting and combining music. As children progress throughout the school, we want children to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.


Our Approach


At Caedmon Primary School children are encouraged to learn and perform songs singing in solo and ensemble contexts. We offer opportunities for them to listen and concentrate on music from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, as well as listening to many high quality live performances.

In Key Stage One, we have a music specialist working alongside the class teacher to begin teaching the inter-related dimensions of music and develop the children’s musicianship skills. In Key Stage Two, the specialist teaches the class about musical notation and composition before introducing them to a tuned instrument (Violin) in upper KS2. All children at Caedmon are given the opportunity to learn a peripatetic instrument.


British Values


When learning to appreciate music and musicians from different cultures children learn about tolerance and acceptance. Children learn that musicians can express themselves though their compositions and that should not lead to prejudice or discrimination.  When singing Faith songs together children are given the choice to participate.




Music is not considered a 'core subject' like Maths and Literacy. Children are taught skills from the National Curriculum and the Non-Core Skills Passport. Teachers will use questioning, observation and outcomes of work to assess these skills. Teachers use informal assessments to inform their planning and to plan next steps for children.


Subject Leader: Mr Gray