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Music at New Park


Here at New Park Primary School, we aspire to provide pupils with a dynamic, exciting and engaging music curriculum that builds skills and knowledge from year to year, allowing children to nurture their interest and love for music. We are working within the new Model Music Curriculum because we feel it is the best way to encourage and challenge all pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to develop that love of music, whilst also allowing them to see music within the ‘bigger picture’ of life.


As pupils progress, they should develop a deeper understanding of music, exploring and listening to a range of famous composers and performers from around the world and improving their technical music skills. This will be aided by children being immersed in our ‘musician of the month’ choices. Each month, children will be able to research and learn about significant artists that have contributed to music.


This is me!

In New Park, we have three drivers which underpin our school curriculum. The first is ‘This is me’ where children learn about their place in the world. Through our music curriculum, children learn about how music can tell us about the past and the world around them. Throughout all music lessons, they will learn about different significant musicians throughout history and around the world, allowing them to put music into context and relate music to their own cultures and backgrounds.


Everybody wants to rule the world

Through the driver of ‘Everybody wants to rule the world’, our curriculum enables pupils to become inspired to achieve by continuing to sample music from different cultures and times. These exciting curriculum themes allow children to explore the more technical aspects of music, whilst enjoying the creativity and freedom in each lesson. Through our exciting music lessons, all children experience enjoyment and achievement at their own individual level.  


Above us only sky

Our music curriculum also encourages pupils to achieve and master their skills through our driver of ‘Above us only sky’. By inspiring children to be the next great musicians and composers of our time, we encourage them to follow their dreams through composing and improvising to develop a deeper level of understanding and thinking.




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. 


Subject content Key stage 1


Pupils in Key Stage One will be taught to:

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


Subject content Key Stage 2

Pupils in Key Stage Two will be taught to:

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