Milton Park Primary School

Every day a learning adventure

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A balanced music curriculum at Milton Park Primary School enables children to develop their understanding of the wider world through the international language of music. As a result, they will be able to develop their musical literacy.



As they move through school, children will develop an understanding of:

  • Meaning
  • Listening
  • Notation
  • Rhythm
  • Pulse
  • Pitch
  • Composition (instrumental and lyrical)
  • Improvisation
  • Performance (solo and ensemble)
  • Culture


By having access to musical opportunities through the use of technology, instruments, singing and visitors to the school, children will have tangible experiences that will deepen their musical understanding. As a result, children will be able to explore musical avenues and make deliberate, well-thought out choices in their musical practices.


Music has the capacity to be an individual and shared experience. The music curriculum aims to take children on a reflective journey in which they can describe how music makes them feel. As a result, the music curriculum will develop children as reflective musicians & enable them to express themselves freely and safely.



The music curriculum is taught in specific sequenced across each year group with links to other curriculum areas. Lessons will engage and inspire a love of music in the children and increase their self-esteem. Through solo and collaborative working opportunities, children will extend their creativity and take pride in their musical achievements.


The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with comprehensive planning and lesson support for each year group in the school. As a result, it can support teachers regardless of whether they consider themselves musical or not. We are currently investigating the Model Music Curriculum with the intention of implementing Charanga's updated scheme.


Each unit of work addresses the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music. In their time at Milton Park Primary School, the children will know how to:


1. Listen and Appraise

2. Musical Activities include Games, Singing, Playing, Improvising and Composing

3. Perform/Share

This is adapted for each year group.


All activities are based around a song. The activities available include: games; singing; playing instruments; improvisation and composition. Some of these are specific to units of work.


The instrumental work is differentiated which allows children to move through the relevant parts according to their needs. SEN resources are also available, including signed versions of songs.  Having an integrated approach to musical learning places value on the whole music experience. Thus, children are learning music through these activities.


Through the participation in school performances, such as: Nativities; Summer Sing; Raise the Roof and external visitors, children will see how music enables expression and collaboration.


  • Children will be able to apply the British values: tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law, democracy and liberty in their musical exploration.
  • Children will be confident musicians who will be able to accomplish a variety of goals both in school and beyond.
  • Children will recognise the how music differs around the world, how this broadens our understanding of others and connects us to other cultures.
  • Children will recognise that music is an expressive means in which they can share the things that are important to them. This is fundamental in supporting their mental wellbeing.
  • Children will be able to explore ways in which they can use music to bring the community together.