Music Curriculum Intent

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. – Billy Joel.


At Giles, we aim for all pupils to understand that music is a form of communication and expression. Music is used to deepen a knowledge of history, promote mental well-being, ignite expression and creativity and support cross-curricular learning. Music lessons are the perfect opportunity to help pupils develop confidence and good self-esteem.

At Giles Junior school, it is our aim that music can enrich pupils lives as a learning tool, discreet lessons, a way to relax or a way to express their feelings.

Pupils will learn about the various genres of music and be able to connect with others who have a passion for the same genres as them. Pupils learn to synergise with others to improvise, sing and perform. From years 3-6, children will progress their skills in listening and appraising, singing, musical games, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performance.

Pupils who demonstrate a passion or enthusiasm for music will have the opportunity to take part in extra- curricular musical activities.

Music lessons are a happy, safe space for pupils to creatively flourish and develop a talent and love for music.


Music is taught once weekly, rotating each half term with Spanish lessons.

Using Charanga, each lesson is ready planned and differentiated for each year group. In these lessons pupils are able to develop their musical knowledge and skills in various units and topics.

Music is used across the school to enrich learning. For example, in Mathematics lessons, music is used to help pupils learn their times tables and in Spanish lessons music is used to deepen the understanding of Spanish words and phrases.

Playing music, in class, at the beginning of the day can help create unity and rapport among the pupils as they come in to start their day. It also further embeds music within the creative culture of the school and gives pupils a positive start to the day.

Feedback and assessment happens continuously in music lessons at Giles.