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Music is taught across all year groups in our school.  Music is an important subject for all of our children, as it enables them to explore music and its composition, as well as develop key skills and knowledge. We want to encourage our children to develop a love for music, giving them the opportunity to become creative and artistic individuals.

Intent (What do we want the children to learn and why? What knowledge and skills are taught?)

At Drake, we want our children to receive an engaging music curriculum, which teaches them the basic skills and knowledge needed to access a secondary curriculum. We understand that music is a subject in which children can flourish and enjoy without the pressures of core subjects. Therefore, we also want our children to have the opportunity to explore their talent within lessons and outside of lessons. We aim to build confidence and resilience within this.

Implementation (How are we doing it? How are the pupils going to achieve the acquisition of knowledge? How does the curriculum delivery this?)

Teachers will use the Active Music scheme (Charanga after Autumn 1) to deliver music lessons. They are expected to adapt this where necessary to meet the needs of the class and deliver a broad curriculum, where the children have the opportunity to make links between their work and others. Y3 and 4 children have the opportunity to learn an instrument through First Access teaching. More opportunities to perform within and outside of school will be created.


In our EYFS, our children also access their learning through Charanga. They are able to explore and develop a love for music through singing nursery rhymes. As they progress through the year, they start to explore the use of instruments.

Special Educational Needs (SEND) pupils:

Lessons are adapted to enable all pupils to access their learning, including pupils with SEND.

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