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The overall aim of the music curriculum is to foster a sensitivity to music and to gain an understanding and enjoyment of music, through involvement in music in its broadest context. This enjoyment centres upon the philosophy that:

‘The power of Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.’ Model Music Curriculum: Key Stages 1 to 3. March 2021.

At Hillborough, children have weekly music lessons with a specialist teacher and also have the opportunity to learn an instrument with an outside teacher as well as two whole-school singing assemblies.

Music is also an integral part of the performing arts programme at the school. Children take part in a year group production each year in which they act, dance, sing and showcase their musical skills to the rest of the school. Music is also a main feature of collective worship every day, with class teachers sharing the Music Passport - a wide breadth and depth of listening from across the ages and around the world.

All children are a member of the school choir and are encouraged to represent the school in public performances as well as school performances.


Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

BBC Ten Pieces

bbc ten pieces

All of the children in Years 3-6 have been studying pieces of Music from the BBC Ten Pieces programme. Click the link here to listen to the pieces at home:




The following resource is excellent to help you practise your ability to pick out different pitches - this will really help with singing!


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