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Richardson Endowed Primary School

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Intent for Music Curriculum


At Richardson Endowed Primary School we recognise that music connects us all and we make music an enjoyable learning experience.


We recognise it is a performing arts tool which inspires creativity, is a means of self-expression and steers children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to interact with others.


It is a universal language that allows us to connect across the world, encouraging diversity and multicultural understanding, giving children an understanding of creative developments over time.


Music affects emotions and is beneficial to our well-being. It forms our identity, promotes a sense of community and belonging. It enhances self-esteem and self-discipline, nurturing transferable skills.


Learning begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where children begin to develop prerequisite skills for Music through the prime areas of Communication and Language by listening carefully and learning rhymes and songs.  Children also develop skills through the specific area of EYFS – Expressive Arts and Design using the strand - Being imaginative and Expressive. 


The children will sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs; they will also sing and perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others and try to move in time with music, have an experience of playing instruments and are encouraged to share their responses to the music they listen to. This enables children to develop the appropriate procedural knowledge to allow them to access the national curriculum.


We will ensure our children

  • experience a broad musical culture, accessing high-quality curricular and co-curricular music,
  • access the expertise, instruments, technology and facilities they need to learn, create and share their music
  • engage with a range of enrichment opportunities to play and sing, to perform, create and experience live music, and have their music heard


We also aim to be fully inclusive, committing to achieving greater access and more opportunity in music education, identifying and removing barriers, including for children in low-income families and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


We encourage children to adopt a life-long love and enjoyment of music by exposing them to a wealth of musical experiences and igniting a passion for the subject.



Key Learning 


Identify in music, cultural or historical influences and have opinions about these in the context of the world. Appreciate different tastes in music and value the opinions of others.Analyse music to identify techniques, musical elements and instrumentation to enable children to become a discerning listener.Use and apply knowledge of a wide range of techniques to confidently create pieces of music, express themselves and communicate with others.With courage, perform to  an audience to enable confident and collaborative working. Celebrate success at all levels. Perform with others, building resilience and teamwork.