Music Vision

At Gilbert Scott we ensure that all children are exposed to different styles of music. They need to be exposed to music of different cultures as well as styles. We want children to understand and use technical vocabulary in music lessons. It is important to us that teachers have a strong subject knowledge around the vocabulary they need to teach. We want children to appreciate music. We want them to be able to identify different genres, styles and periods of musical history. We want every child to enjoy music lessons and look forward to them.

Music Intent

Our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with
others. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical
styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.


Children will communicate what they see, think and feel about art using a range of musical vocabulary.

Children will talk about different kinds of music they like and don’t like, and be enthusiastic about sharing different perspectives on life through music.

Knowledge / Understanding

Listen (with attention to detail) and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Understand the meaning of the terms: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and understand how these can be used together in music to communicate different moods and effects.

Understand how music is produced in different ways eg. ICT and is described through established notations. Use and understand musical notations. Understand how time and place can influence the way music is created, performed and heard.

Develop and understand a history of music


Sing songs, speak chants and rhymes.

Play tuned and unturned instruments.

Rehearse and perform with others – start and finish together, keeping to a steady pulse.

Sing songs in unison or in two parts with clear diction, control of pitch and musical expression.

Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts.

Play tuned and unturned instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy.

Practise, rehearse and present performances with an awareness of the audience.

Improvise, develop rhythmic and melodic material when performing.

Explore, choose, combine and organise musical ideas.

Analyse and compare sounds.

Explore and explain their own feelings about music using movement, dance, expressive language and musical vocabulary

Improve their own and others’ work.


Work in their own, in groups of different sizes and as a class.

Be exposed to a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures.

Appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians and composers.


Take part in a range of activities that involve performing, composing and appraising.

Use ICT to capture, change and combine sounds.

Recording company visits.

Taking part in concerts involving other schools.

All children to have the opportunity to learn an instrument.