Our Curriculum statement of intent for Music


As musicians at Black Horse Hill Infant School, pupils enjoy rich and stimulating learning opportunities by participating and performing in a range of musical experiences. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn sounds and meanings of words and vocabulary.  Moving to music helps children build physical skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.  We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical skills and potential.  We aim to build confidence, nurture and encourage musical development across the school, as well as developing a life-long love and appreciation of different music forms.

Purpose of study

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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations