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How do we approach Music at Northwood?


Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, as well as increasing their own self- confidence, creativity and imagination. Music reflects the culture and society we live in and the teaching of music enables children to better understand the world in which we live.

Our pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn to play two musical instruments during their time at Northwood as part of their curriculum entitlement, alongside the opportunity to receive individual or small group instrument tuition in partnership with Durham Music Service.

We provide opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation. The national curriculum and Northwood Primary School 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Pupil Voice

Key stage 1

Pupils should 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.



Key stage 2

Pupils should 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.

"I love music because we learn new things every week!"

"I love music because we learn new things every week!"

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