Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
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.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
The knowledge and skills organiser for music (see below) demonstrates the progression through the year groups. It includes regular opportunities to revisit prior learning and build upon this.
At Windmill Hill Academy, we use the Charanga Music Scheme of learning to support our teaching of Music. It provides a scheme for music, which acts as a guide for all pupils and specifies for teachers what, shall be taught in each age group. It provides a coherent framework for setting high standards of learning in Music and enabling pupils to reach their potential.