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Our vision at Basildon C.E. Primary School, is that every child will be encouraged to be creative and develop a lifelong love of music. We want all of our children to be inspired and develop self-confidence through performing. As pupils progress, children will be able to compose their own music and manipulate musical elements for an intended purpose. Music will promote essential life skills such as self-confidence, co-operation, self-discipline and commitment.


To enable our pupils to achieve this, we will develop these areas of teaching:

  • A range of practical and theoretical tasks

  • Singing

  • Playing tuned and untuned instruments

  • Composition skills

  • Comprehension of key musical terms

  • Appreciation of different styles of music


At Basildon our music curriculum is mainly taught by our headteacher across year groups 2-6 and the others by the class teachers. Discrete music lessons occur once a week with the aid of the online music platform Charanga. Music in EYFS is explored through independent learning opportunities and regular singing aids learning in class. As well as this, all our staff participate in the teaching of wider music coverage, such as our Sing Up assemblies and annual KS1 and KS2 productions. We provide opportunities for our gifted and talented pupils to showcase their musical gift through assemblies, clubs and showcases.

What music looks like in lessons:


  • All children engaged in their learning

  • Learning will build on previous knowledge

  • Key vocabulary taught

  • Practical and interactive

  • Memory and coordination activities

  • Chances to rehearse and perform a musical piece

  • Opportunities to play tuned and untuned instruments

  • Discussions about different genres of music

  • Singing expressively

  • Musical notation taught in KS2

  • Developing an understanding of the history of music

  • 1 formal session a week


What music looks like outside of lessons:


  • Berkshire Maestros teaching of a musical instrument in small groups weekly (chosen and paid by parents)

  • Berkshire Maestros teaching year 4 a musical instrument in spring term

  • Regular Sing Up practices with class teacher

  • Sing Up performance half termly

  • Weekly singing assemblies

  • Singing opportunities in other daily assemblies

  • KS1 Singing Club

  • KS2 Choir

  • Daily music and movement breaks

  • Events to promote musical performances (Drama Club/ Singing Club/ Choir)

  • Staff training

Formative Assessment


  • Verbal Feedback – the vast majority of feedback is in conversation with the pupil at the time of learning

  • Video evidence recorded and uploaded to assessment tool on Charanga

Summative Assessment

  • Class teacher to check in with teacher who teaches music termly to discuss grades of students

  • Class teacher to check in with any Berkshire Music Maestros teachers to discuss progress of those particular students

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Subject leaders map tier two vocabulary across each milestone and tier three vocabulary for each unit. Dual coding is used to support the discreet teaching of music vocabulary across the curriculum.

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The school’s curriculum driver of diversity underpins the entire music curriculum. Teachers actively seek opportunities to promote and celebrate diversity across the curriculum where ever appropriate.

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