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Howitt Primary Community School

Achieve, Care, Enjoy





Music is a universal language. One of the most creative subjects, music engages and inspires children, helps increase their self-confidence and sense of achievement. Not only that, developing a love of music can support brain development in a range of ways: improving memory and focus, increases co-ordination, encourages self-expression, builds self-esteem and strengthens language skills. 


At Howitt Primary Community School, we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Music connects us all and we recognise it is a performing art tool which inspires creativity, a means of self-expression and steers children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others.

• It is a universal language that allows us to connect across the world, encouraging diversity and multicultural understanding. Giving children an understanding of creative developments over time.

• We encourage children to adopt a life-long love and enjoyment by exposing them to a wealth of musical experiences and igniting a passion for music.

• Music affects emotions and is beneficial to our well-being. It forms our identity, promotes a sense of community and belonging. It enhances self-esteem and self-discipline, nurturing transferable skills.



Key Learning





Identify in music, cultural or historical influences and have opinions about these in the context of the world. Appreciate

different tastes in music and value the opinions of others.

Analyse music to identify

techniques, musical

elements and

instrumentation to

enable children to

become a discerning


Use and apply

knowledge of a wide

range of techniques to

confidently create pieces

of music, express

themselves and

communicate with


With courage, perform to

an audience to enable

confident and

collaborative working.

Celebrate success at all

levels. Perform with

others, building

resilience and teamwork.


Our Music Curriculum


Children in Nursery and Reception classes experience music through the Expressive Arts and Design strand of learning. 


They will be taught to explore and use media and materials by: 

  • singing songs;
  • making music;
  • experimenting with ways of making changes.
  • safely use and explore simple instruments.


They will also be encouraged to being imaginative by: 

  • using what they have learnt in original ways;
  • thinking about how they can use music and what it is for; 
  • representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music.



Children will be taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes;
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically;
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music;
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.



Children will 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. 

Our pupil will 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.