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Music Curriculum

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At Barley Lane Primary School, we believe that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that transcends different cultures, abilities and generations. Listening to and making music fulfils and instinctive human need for self-expression and creativity.  Music contributes to the wider aims of Primary Education and supports all areas of learning across other curriculum subjects. Therefore, it develops life and work skills like:  listening, concentration, creativity, intuition, sensitivity, perseverance and self-confidence.


Our objective at BLPS is that all pupils:


  • Develop understanding and acceptance of all types of music and respect the value of music in different cultures.
  • Enjoy and appreciate the different dimensions of music through engaging and memorable lessons to develop lifelong skills.
  • Explore their own potential in music by giving them the tools and teaching them the skills to achieve their best.





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


  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.  
  • Learn to sing, create and compose music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produce and communicated.


At Barley lane, we use a scheme of learning called Music Express   in order to achieve the aims of the national curriculum and work across curricular with other subjects.  Throughout the scheme, pupils develop their singing voices, use body percussion, learn how to play different classroom instruments and they explore and appreciate a wide range of different music styles.  Music is also part of the school wider curriculum. Barley Lane has a School Choir, Young Voices, Royal Albert Hall Festival, Recorder Club and optional peripatetic music tuition.





Progression in Music will be assessed throughout each key stage through the children’s ability to produce and perform using their own voice, body and different musical instruments.  


  • Observing children during music sessions.
  • Observing Year groups achievements, confidence, self-reflection and interaction with others.
  • Observing each key stage performance during music assemblies.
  • Observing whole school overall enjoyment for music.