Why do learners at John Gulson Primary School need to study Music?

We believe that our students need to study Music as it offers them a unique opportunity to learn a specific set of knowledge and skills through a positive, creative and remarkable experience.

Music provides learners with the opportunity to develop practical and aural skills, while engaging with a wide range of music from different cultural and historical backgrounds. Through composition, learners are provided with a platform in which they can have artistic license, putting their own stamp and individual creativity into a piece of music. With a wider range of opportunities to perform newly learnt musical skills, Music can help build confidence and find joy in learning.

What are the aims for the Music curriculum? What do we want our children to know and do by the time they leave John Gulson Primary School?

We want every child in our school to have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Every child will learn to listen to Music carefully and be taught to consider how it makes them feel, listening with attention to detail, and be able to provide an opinion on a range of music from different genres and times. The children will be exposed to a range of music-specific vocabulary, which they will be encouraged to use when participating in reflections and discussions.


National Curriculum

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


Which values underpin the Music provision at John Gulson?

Perseverance – It takes grit and determination to learn a musical instrument. It will require the children to work hard, not only in class, but at home too. Perseverance will be an important factor to success.

Inclusive – Music brings people together, whether they are performing as an ensemble or whether they are sharing – or appreciating – Music with others.

Confident – Confidence will be built through the experience of performing and sharing their learning with one another during celebrations and musical concerts.


How are British Values taught through Music?

We will learn about our rich and diverse heritage while engaging with music from a wide range of cultural and historical backgrounds. The children will also be able to enact their individual liberty when performing and composing music. Engaging with music in their own personal and creative way, with their choices being at the heart of the creations.


Which links with careers can be made within the Music curriculum?

Learning a creative skill – such as a musical instrument – requires a particular set of skills, which can be applied to a wide range of careers. Music attracts aural, visual and kinaesthetic learners, as there are a variety of ways in which a learner can begin to master their skill. It takes nerve and control to effectively perform in front of others, this calm, collective and brave mind-set is also an attribute which can be applied to a wide variety of careers paths, such as:

Performer, Songwriter, Composer, Producer, Music Management, DJs / Radio Host, Presenter, Recording/Sound Engineer, Director, Conductor, Teacher, Critic/Journalist, Musical Therapist, Journalist, Editor, Agent/Representative, Scout, Marketing, Entrepreneur and many, many more!



Why has the specific knowledge been selected?

The teaching of knowledge in Music has been organised in a progressive order so that they initially develop a foundation of knowledge, through transferable common threads of a theoretical understanding of musical knowledge, before enhancing their skills further. Children in Key Stage 1 learn fundamental music knowledge such as rhythm, pulse and volume – they do this through singing and non-tuned percussion lessons. The children later on progress onto learning to play musical instruments, while developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of music theory which supports their learning of musical knowledge skills.


Why is it taught in the order that it is?

The Music curriculum at John Gulson Primary ensures that children are building upon their prior skills and knowledge, with the opportunity to continually consolidate and reinforce prior learning of the interrelated dimensions of music as they progress throughout the curriculum and are introduced to new dimensions. This means that they have a good understanding of the foundation knowledge and principles of music, understanding how it sounds and makes them feel, before creating it for themselves.


How are the Music lessons delivered at John Gulson?

Each class will receive one weekly 30 min lesson using ‘Kapow’. ‘Kapow’ is led by their class teacher, which will expose the children to a wide range of styles of music, using technical language to discuss music, in an engaging and fun learning style. There will be a class set of percussion instruments for the children to use alongside their learning in class.


What is the impact?

We believe that the teaching of Music will have a significant impact on the children of Hawkesley Primary Academy, as it will provide the children with unique experiences to explore, share, rehearse and perform with one another. Music engages aural, visual and kinaesthetic learners in a way like no other, and we hope that each student will find their own love of learning through the teaching of Music. Through performance, we hope that the children – as individuals and as a collective – will develop confidence and trust in one another as they rehearse and perform in our community as ensembles.


What are the aims/end points of specific stages of the curriculum?

National curriculum objectives for KS1

  • To use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • To play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically
  • To listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • To experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


National curriculum objectives for KS2

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