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The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


At Darton Primary School the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

At Darton Primary School, we have designed our Music Curriculum with the intent that our children will:

  • Develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life.
  • Be reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school. All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff.
  • Receive musical opportunities in school, including weekly singing assemblies, whole class guitar and recorder lessons (Class 5 and Class 7), School Choir, Young Voices and close links with Barnsley Music Service through annual Choir performances.
  • Understand the value and importance of music in the wider community. They will be able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.




  • The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and through the learning of instruments.
  • The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons through the use of our school progression documents and subject knowledge organisers.  'Charanga' is a scheme of work in which some staff use resources from to support and enhance their teaching.
  • Children are able to use some of the language of music to: understand how it is composed, performed, appreciated in order to evaluate. 
  • In specific year groups (Class 5 and 7), students learn how to play an instrument, from two of the four main instrument groups; wind and strings. In doing so, children understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
  • Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument



  • Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon.
  • The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection.
  • Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.
  • Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer.
  • They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they wish to develop their interest in the future.


Music Progression Document