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Didsbury CE School

Didsbury CE School


The music curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School

Intent – why we teach what we teach

We provide a music curriculum that is an opportunity for children to engage in a creative way that promotes enjoyment and love of music and develops their talent as musicians.  We believe that children should learn to listen, play, compare and evaluate music.

During their time at Didsbury CE, we believe that children should have a range of musical experiences.  Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:

  • Reading simple notation
  • Copying and developing rhythms
  • Using tuned and untuned instruments and voices
  • Evaluating and responding to different styles of music from different periods of history
  • Keeping time
  • Performing solo and in ensembles
  • Using a range of musical terms
  • Composing their own music


Implementation – how we teach what we teach

At Didsbury CE in our EYFS curriculum, music is covered in the Expressive Arts and Design early learning goals. Children in our Nursery and Reception have the opportunity to sing, make music creatively both indoors and outdoors and respond to music in music and movement sessions.   Music from Year 1-6 is taught weekly as a discreet lesson by the class teacher. We have invested in a highly regarded music scheme called Charanga which supports and enables teachers to deliver and develop a wide range of musical experiences for the children.  The curriculum is so designed that it builds children’s musical knowledge and skill set progressively leading them to become enthusiastic and competent musicians.

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this music curriculum is that children will be musically literate, their lives will be enriched and they will be inspired to further explore the world of music and the creative and expressive opportunities that it offers. They will also be equipped to take on new musical experiences and challenges in the next stage of the educational journey.  The children’s learning journey in music is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.