Norton & West Chinnock Schools

Learning Together for Excellence


Music Lead:  Mr D Mitchell

Curriculum Statement


The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

At Norton and West Chinnock Federation, we aim to aid pupils in building their understanding, skills, experiences and knowledge as they progress through the schools’ music curriculum with the act of making music being seen as a natural and important part of the overall musical learning.  We want to encourage and give opportunities for children to use music in helping their creativity and sense of achievement through the school year.


Our music curriculum includes opportunities for pupils to sing and perform in a variety of ways including class music lessons, school productions, concerts and services. They regularly get to listen to a range of musical genres and instruments, from different periods in History, and are taught musical language to help evaluate and discuss what they hearing and seeing.

Pupils have the opportunity to play un-tuned percussion and tuned instruments in whole class settings as well as for individual lessons.


Pupils can feel comfortable making music, having had opportunities to try out ideas and learn a repertoire of songs through their time in school. They gain confidence, satisfaction and a sense of togetherness with an awareness of others from having performed in a variety of settings and situations in large and small groups. There is a developing understanding of culture and history from around the world. Children can enjoy music in a way that they choose as a listener, creator or performer and have the base skills to develop in the future and appreciate music in the world.


Please see the progression in Music from Reception to Year 6:

Progression in Music