At Marton Manor Primary School, Music is highly valued, not only because of the skills it can allow children to develop but also due to the enjoyment that every child can gain from the subject. Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. We believe music is a unique and powerful form of communication that plays an important part in the personal development of each pupil.  Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world in which we live. 


  • To allow all children to have the experience of learning how to play an instrument.
  • To develop their self-confidence, creativity and imagination by providing opportunities for self-expression.
  • To begin to feel and learn about social connectivity.
  • To learn about and deepen musical understanding and connect this with their place in their community.
  • To become globally aware and understand what it means to become a citizen of the world.
  • To gain an understanding of historical and cultural contexts related to music.
  • To form their own musical opinions and learn to make their own musical decisions.

In Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

In Key stage 2

​Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.


Music is taught through both discrete lessons and whole school singing and performing events. 

We have selected the ‘Charanga’ scheme of learning; this was carefully chosen for its sequential approach and careful thought to supporting children’s progression in knowledge and skills across a range of  musical competencies.

We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop skills and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms.

We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we endeavour to build up the confidence of all children. Children are given the opportunity to discover, explore and develop technical skills through practical music lessons.

Children are given opportunities to explore and engage in performing, listening, composing and analysing. Singing is a central part of our music curriculum and children learn the importance of maintaining a melody,  harmonies and singing in rounds.

Children learn basic notation and musical terms, which they begin to use in their own compositions. They learn to appreciate the works of various composers from a range of genres and cultures.

There are opportunities to learn to play instruments in class e.g. recorders and ukulele and other instrument tuition may be purchased privately through Tees Valley Music service. Children are also encouraged to participate in concerts, productions, and musical events .


  • Our children develop a range of skills to enable them to appreciate music throughout their lives
  • Our children become confident performers, composers and listeners, who are able to express themselves musically at school and beyond
  • Our children show an appreciation and respect for a range of music from a variety of genres across a variety of generations
  • Our children demonstrate and express their enthusiasm for music
  • Our children progress throughout the music curriculum which enables them to meet the expectations outlined at the end of each key stage for the national curriculum
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