Our primary Music curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Our music teaching is primarily taken from the Cornerstones Maestro projects and supplemented using Charanga (which includes a growing library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps).

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it plays an important part in personal development. The teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they inhabit. Participating in musical experiences can help children to feel part of a community. Music is a wonderfully creative and enjoyable activity. It can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. At Adderley Primary School we provide purposeful opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune, developing their expression and ability to listen to others. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch, how to make music together, to understand musical notation or symbols and to compose pieces using a range of tuned and untuned instruments, body percussion and vocal effects. The children will be given the opportunity to practice, rehearse and perform composition in an ensemble to different audiences, including other children, teachers, parents and governors.

Children will be given the opportunity to listen and critique a variety of world music to ensure familiarity of music from different cultures, commenting on the mood, feelings and subject they can relate to. Children will also explore throughout the year the use of different musical instruments from a variety of countries around the world. Children will also learn about different composers and explore the history of music and how it developed across time. They will be given at least one opportunity to see an orchestra live and visiting musicians will be invited to the school to share their musical talents with the children and teach them relevant skills to play the instruments that they play.

Our intent in the teaching of music is:

  • to explore how sounds are made, and can be organised into musical structures;
  • to show how music is produced by a variety of instruments;
  • to teach how music is composed and written down;
  • to examine the relevance of when, where and why a given piece of music was written;
  • to develop the interrelated skills of composition, performance and appreciation;
  • enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles;
  • make and quantify judgements about the quality of music;
  • to develop imagination and creativity;
  • to help children of all abilities develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.


Music is a foundation subject in the Curriculum 2014. In order to meet the requirements of the national curriculum, children will be taught according to the level descriptions and differentiation will be by outcome and age/gender expectations related. The level of content will be delivered to the children through a variety of activities including listening, performing, appraising, composing, and participating in musical games and singing songs.

Music forms an integral part of a child’s life. The teacher works with the children to fully develop their potential, to build on their confidence and self-esteem and to introduce them to a variety of Musical experiences. A child centred, philosophical approach ensures that a child’s centred approach respecting the rights/views and opinions of the children.

At Adderley Primary School, we teach music throughout the Cornerstones Curriculum, through a cross-curricular approach to learning and the scheme Charanga. Music is blocked across the school to ensure a deep understanding is embedded of the skills. We have a Music Progression Map across the school to ensure that whilst there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in Music, the progression means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. The SLT oversees the planning of music lessons throughout the school. The SLT is responsible for reviewing teacher’s teaching and learning in music. Resources are distributed throughout the school. A central store is kept and maintained in the music cupboard.

The music curriculum provides the children with opportunities to listen to music, respond emotionally, compose and perform to the rest of the class. There are opportunities for the children to move to music to express feelings and also to use their voice to sustain vocal sounds. Cross-curricular links are made to correspond with year group themes to provide continuity and familiarity between subjects.

During their music sessions, the children will partake in singing a variety of different songs in unison and in two parts. They will be taught to sing with clear diction and control of pitch, phrase and musical expression. The children will experience playing tuned and untuned percussion instruments and will be made aware of other tuned instruments in the Orchestra. They will be taught to play simple and more complex rhythms with control and accuracy and will be expected to apply skill and expression. They will also be encouraged to listen to each other and keep to a steady beat.

The implementation is reviewed annually and any additional notes or adaptations are added throughout the year. The school intends to take a flexible approach in the delivery of music, in that the planning is continually developed and improved to ensure a fresh new approach with each new academic year.


Our Music Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Music is assessed at three points during the year against the music progression map. The impact of the curriculum at Adderley is:

  • Children partake in exciting and engaging lessons and activities
  • Children get to see Music in real life situations
  • Children guide their learning by giving staff their feedback and opinions
  • Children feel empowered and involved in their education and what they are being taught
  • Children feel valued and listened to
  • Children receive more focused support when required
  • Children feel excitement and enjoyment from music lessons
  • Children gain knowledge and skills they can transfer into the wider world
  • Children get to use real life appliances in real life settings
  • Children can make cross-curriculum links with their learning
  • Children can use other school resources to support and further their Music learning
  • Staff feel empowered and more confident in teaching Music


Impact for the additional measures implemented during and post Lockdown are as follows:

  • Children were able to continue receiving Music learning whilst at home
  • Children were able to attend virtual visits and take part in online activities
  • Children were able to address some gaps and knowledge straight away after returning to school
  • Children were able to achieve planned coverage of the National Curriculum by July 2021 due to the spiral sequencing of the Music curriculum
  • Children were able to revisit the same concepts in different contexts to embed knowledge & skills

We have a long tradition of enabling children to learn to play a musical instrument either as an individual, in a small group or as a whole class. All children in Year 4 upwards are given the opportunity to have specialised instrument lessons on the violin, cornet or keyboard and are loaned a free instrument from the Birmingham Music Service to play throughout their years in upper school at Adderley.

Some children also play in `Birmingham Schools `Area instrumental groups ` and `Birmingham Schools` Ensembles` after school and participate in concerts at the Conservatoire of Music in Birmingham or at other local concert venues such as the Symphony Hall.

Additionally, we have our own thriving choirs which perform at school concerts and have also participated in `Young Voices’ and the` Primary Gala Choir`.