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Hanbury’s and Oakhill Primary School Federation

Growing and Succeeding Together

Music curriculum intent

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • are taught to sing, create and compose music
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated

At Hanbury’s Farm and Oakhill federation, children gain an understanding of music through listening, singing, playing and evaluating across a range of styles, traditions, and musical genres. Staff members develop children’s interest in the subject, as well as an understanding and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves. We employ staff from the ENTRUST music service to provide year 3 with lessons that enable them to learn specific instruments.

The music curriculum ensures children have the opportunity to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate music. This is embedded in the classroom activities through the use of the scheme ‘Kapow’ as well as singing opportunities in class, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. In year 3, children learn how to play a ukulele with a specialist teacher from ENTRUST. They will learn to understand the methods of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. In music lessons pupils will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. We encourage listening to a wide range of music with concentration and understanding. Music is also used in other lessons and activities to create, mood, atmosphere and to aid thinking and concentration.

In Early Years children sing and perform a range of well-known songs and rhymes, moving in time to the music where appropriate. Children will also use a range of musical instruments to explore sounds and timbres. 

Extra-curricular clubs are provided through a children’s choir. This gives pupils the opportunity to practice singing and work towards performances such as assemblies, performances to parents and Young Voices.

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We have recently been awarded Staffordshire's Bronze Award for Music.


We have recently received our order of new glockenspiels for use across the whole school!!!