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Music Statement of Intent

At Goldenhill Primary Academy, we aim to engage, motivate 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.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination.

Music teaching at Goldenhill follows the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.  Music is a unique way of communicating, it is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in personal and cognitive development. Music at Goldenhill aims to reflect the culture and society that we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.


At Goldenhill Prmary Academy, we recognise that music plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community and so we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop their skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. 

The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which is used to develop exciting and stimulating themes and lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school Curriculum.


The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils to:

  • sing and use their voices.
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • Use technology appropriately.
  • Progress to the next level of musical excellence. 
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
  • Understand the work of great composers and musicians.
  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
  • Use musical language.
  • Make judgements about the quality of music.
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments.
  • Take part in performances.
  • Perform and share a range of musical styles.
  • Listen, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.

The core skills of music are taught as a discrete programme through specialist teachers from the City Music School 



At Goldenhill Primary Academy, we recognise that musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear and that children do not learn in straight lines. Repeating a musical skill does not mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards, it enables pupils to reinforce musical understanding in order to improve the quality of their musicianship.

Our Long Term Plan / progression map allows children to develop new music skills and concepts whilst also revisiting and embedding established musical skills and concepts. At Goldenhill, we recognise that achieving mastery in Music means gaining both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts whilst also learning something new. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills, knowledge and vocabulary taught are progressive from year group to year group.


Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and a unit specific focus to enable previous musical skills to be embedded.  Music lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:


  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Singing and Voice
  • Playing instruments
  • Composition
  • Perform and Share


Music teaching at Goldenhill Primary Academy is practical and engaging. A variety of teaching approaches and activities are provided based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. Lessons typically involve a combination of the following; games, songs, challenges, listening to music and discussing music, playing a range of musical instruments, performing back, finding the pulse and composing music using notation sheets.


Performance is at the heart of musical teaching and learning at Goldenhill and all pupils participate in performances throughout the year. Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies, singing assemblies and pupils from reception to Year 6 perform at our annual carol concert. Pupils are also encouraged to perform at the annual Young Voices Concert at Manchester Arena. Parents are invited and welcomed to watch all of these performances whether at school or outside of school.


At Goldenhill, music teaching is not only focused on performance but also providing our pupils with an understanding and appreciation for music. Through our music lessons, children study a wide range of musical styles, genres and composers from a range of musical periods.



Our music Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression,  building on and embedding current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different musical components and like in other subjects, discreet teaching of  vocabulary also forms part of the units of work.


If children are achieving the knowledge and skills in lessons, then they are deemed to be making good or better progress.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:


  • Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Governor monitoring with our subject music link governor.
  • Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
  • Photo evidence and images of the pupils practical learning.
  • Video analysis through recording of performance in lessons.
  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
  • Meetings between the Music Co-Ordinator and City Music School teaching staff



Key Strings - January 2020

Thank you to Key Strings for an exciting morning all about Chinese New Year. We really enjoyed learning to say Happy New Year in Chinese and some of the traditions the celebration holds. We had lots of fun trying out the different string instruments and learning about their timbre!