Music curriculum intent statement 


At Mareham, our Music curriculum ensures that knowledge and key skills are taught in a systematic, well-planned and progressive manner.

At Mareham, our whole curriculum is driven by:

  • creating a sense of awe and wonder – curiosity, excitement, getting children to think and enquire more
  • our place in our world - respect for living things, local, national and global knowledge and beyond, cultures, traditions, diversity
  • vocabulary – refines and enriches communication, better understanding and language

We aim to develop our children – physically, socially, mentally, culturally and spiritually – to embrace lifelong learning with a sense of awe and wonder in order to make a positive contribution to the local and wider community. We provide a high-quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our high-quality music education aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and nurtures their talent and ambitions as musicians.

Our Christian values shape how we behave, what we say, how we build relationships and how we learn. Our Music curriculum is designed to help each child to be able to think and speak like a musician; developing  independence for learning whilst achieving academically and meeting age-related expectations by the end of their primary education.

We are friendly, inclusive to all and build resilience; encouraging a positive mindset amongst our children as it is often through mistakes that we learn the most. Everyone thrives through feeling safe, confident and valued and the well-being of each and every individual is a priority.

'Live life to the full and create a better future for all.'


At Mareham, children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours to maximise their own individual learning potential. We are committed to working in partnership with parents as we believe that when home and school work closely together we get the best outcomes. Lessons follow clear objectives and teachers check pupils’ understanding and knowledge, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback, responding and adapting their teaching as necessary. Open discussions and questioning are used effectively throughout the curriculum.

Music is carefully planned over the long term so that pupils acquire and build on the knowledge and cultural capital they need to broaden their horizons, become aspirational citizens and succeed in life.  This is achieved through our scheme (Charanga Musical School). It is through this that pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Pupils learn to describe music, using a wide range of musical vocabulary to accurately describe and appraise.

Key vocabulary is carefully chosen. This is shared in all lessons. Children are encouraged to use the keyvocabulary to talk ‘like a musician’.

Further musical skills are enriched throughout the year through opportunities such as:

  • Singing assemblies
  • Autumn harvest celebration
  • Christingle service
  • Christmas choir
  • Christmas play
  • Easter service
  • Easter Choir
  • Young Voices
  • School play


 As a Year 6 musician transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that pupils not only achieve the age-appropriate standard at the end of Key Stage 2, but they have been exposed to a wide range of musical genres, styles and instruments and be able to apply skills to other areas of the curriculum. Ultimately, our children will have developed a passion for music that they can express through accurate use of vocabulary and have discovered their own musical preferences and an appreciation of other people’s preferences. Children will know more, remember more and understand more. Children will retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.

Exposure to music will also;

• Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress

• Help children regulate their emotions

• Improve concentration and on-task behaviour

• Enhance the way children can process language and speech