• At St Matthew’s Catholic Primary, we aim to support pupils as they develop their skills and interest in music learning. Through a bespoke curriculum, pupils are given the opportunity to grow in their understanding of music and are also given many opportunities to learn instruments and perform. Their confidence grows as they build upon skills taught each year and are exposed to a wide range of musical influences.
  • Knowledge and skills are explicitly taught. By knowledge we mean understanding and using key musical terminology when reflecting upon a piece of music and how to compose their own pieces of music using musical notation. The word skills, is regarded as a form of knowledge itself, and is used to cover all the various processes that children need to develop if they are to get better at a subject. Skills can both refer to a process of doing something (composing music using notation) but also the appreciation of music itself in terms of using key words to speak about a piece.
  • At St Matthew’s RC Primary School we are committed to following the subject content of the National Curriculum which defines all these different aspects of music and how pupils’ learning should develop over each key stage.
  • It is fundamental that all pupils are given the opportunity to develop their musical skills year upon year through a tailored curriculum, which support pupils and their diverse needs.
  • Skills should be built upon and revisited each year to ensure that pupils have a robust and secure understanding of: appreciating music and using key terminology, composing music using musical notation and performing their own pieces.


  • Collaborative planning lies at the heart of our curriculum implementation. We are committed to improving dialogue between and across phases and settings; with primary and secondary colleagues working closely together to develop high quality units of work, rooted in musical content. These are focused on embedding challenge, metacognition, retrieval and practice. They also provide pupils with further opportunities to develop their literacy and numeracy skills within a musical setting.
  • Planning of each unit is rooted in the following key concepts including: listening and appreciating music, composing music and performing music.
  • The subject leader for Music will meet the senior leadership team on a regular basis to evaluate provision in order to ensure that teaching and learning in Music is at least Good and continuing to move towards Outstanding at every opportunity. Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in Music.
  • Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider, such as live performances.


  • Pupil dialogue and work recorded (written and video-based) shows a high standard of music being taught. Pupils are able to talk with musical language and vocabulary about a particular period of musical history or a piece of music. They can make links and connections to what they have been taught previously.
  • Musical learning and enjoyment is visible. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Music and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
  • Through Music, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents.
  • Through teaching of music, pupils will learn and appreciate how music has impacted upon history and wider society (and vice versa) as well as how music has progressed in the local community.

Please see below for our Music Policy:

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