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Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Music


At Borrow Wood our music curriculum is shaped by our school vision and ethos of ‘CHOICE’, which promotes curiosity and challenge. 

We recognise that music and learning an instrument can enrich lives and stay with that person throughout adulthood.

Music can be a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way children feel and think.

We aim to engage and inspire all children to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians.  This helps to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Through a combination of singing and instrumental lessons our aim is that children:

  • Develop an understanding of musical terminology and structure.
  • Confidently sing a range of complex songs to an audience.
  • Move, clap and perform in rhythm.
  • Perform solo and in groups with increasing confidence, expression and level of skill.
  • Listen to and evaluate different genres of music – Western classical music, popular music and traditional music from around the world.
  • Compose music for a range of purposes, using and reading musical notations.
  • Appreciate that music enriches individual lives as well as the school’s wider community.
  • Understand that music is an import part of different cultures.


Music is taught across EYFS as an integral part of the Early Years curriculum.  Musical aspects of learning are related to the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children in nursery and reception. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development, whilst counting songs support mathematical learning and songs from different cultures increase children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

Music teaching in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two at Borrow Wood Primary is based on the expectations of the National Curriculum and is supported by high-quality schemes and resources from BBC Ten Pieces, Charanga, Music Express and Music Made Simple. Weekly lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

 · Listen and Appraise

· Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)

· Singing and Voice

· Playing instruments

· Improvisation/Composition

· Perform and Share

The planned progression built into the schemes of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Teachers also refer to the progression map.

Children are given many opportunities to perform and appreciate music, including:

  • Christmas performances
  • Performances at a local church
  • Rock Steady performances for family and friends
  • Performing with the Halle Orchestra
  • Singing competitions

We also work closely with the Derbyshire Music Partnership to facilitate a programme of instrumental lessons for whole classes as well as bespoke music lessons for individuals.


Through providing our pupils with an engaging curriculum, they will enjoy music and understand its role in the world. They will develop and improve their skills throughout their time with us.

All children will:

  • Gain a very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres, including knowledge about how music has changed over time
  • Develop musical language in order to evaluate and analyse music from a variety of genres
  • Learn to sing and perform to a high standard to an audience as part of an ensemble or as an individual
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Be able to read and follow a simple musical or graphical score
  • Be able to compose music, recording this in a number of ways including musical notation

We also measure the impact of our Music lessons through end of unit assessments, learning walks to observe the children’s learning and pupil interviews.