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Music Curriculum Intent

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children.

It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in their personal development. 

Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. As well as being thoroughly enjoyable, music is a highly academic subject, which allows children to feel part of  a community.

At St Martin’s, it is our main aim to provide ample opportunity for children to compose, perform and transcribe  a variety of music. We strive to enable children to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.


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Music teaching at St. Martin’s follows the Sparkyard (Out of the Ark) curriculum, which is closely linked to the Model Music Curriculum (2021).


The aims of music teaching are to enable children to:

  • know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into musical structures;
  • know how music is made through a variety of instruments;
  • know how music is composed and written down;
  • know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
  • develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
  • 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.


Music Curriculum Early Years Foundation Stage

Development Matters 2021:


Children in Reception will be learning to:


  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.


 During the Early Years Foundation Stage, children explore, experiment, practise, repeat and consolidate musical ideas and skills through singing, playing and movement; they have access to instruments appropriate to their age. Music by its very nature will develop skills and competencies in other areas of learning.

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The Music subject lead is Mrs Monks

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