"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." - Plato

Our Vision and Intent

The music curriculum at Athersley North Primary School, aims to ensure that all pupils are all able to express an understanding of beat, rhythm, traditions, learning to sing and use their voices. Our music curriculum will provide the opportunity to develop the pupil’s risk taking and resilience skills and create a universal language which celebrates relationships and builds on tolerance. We expect our pupils to develop a love of music which we hope will improve their self-confidence, creativity, sense of achievement and encourage future aspirations.

 “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.” National Curriculum, 2013         

Music is a creative subject where pupils develop their own musical ideas. Creativity in music is encouraged through improvisations and compositions when singing and playing instruments. The pupils make connections between ‘new’ and ‘old’ learning, solve problems and think critically to develop and improve their ideas.


Music Long Term Plan

Substantive Vocabulary

Substantive knowledge for music is based on developing knowledge through the nine interrelated dimensions of music.

At Athersley North, we ensure that all pupils can articulate their understanding of a substantive concept by giving opportunities to use a range of vocabulary linking to the substantive concept being taught.

Substantive knowledge focuses on developing pupils’ skills and knowledge required for them to develop as musicians. This is achieved through deliberate practice and allows pupils to develop and demonstrate fluency of knowledge. It involves learning about music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

Disciplinary knowledge in music is the interpretation on the interrelated dimensions of music and how this knowledge is used when singing, playing instruments, improvising and composing, to develop creative and original pieces and performances. Pupils work independently and collaboratively to interpret and combine the dimensions of music to create a specific and desired effect.


At Athersley North Primary School, we follow the Charanga scheme of work to teach music progressively through school.

Each Unit of Work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities

Warm-up Games

Optional Flexible Games


Playing instruments



  1. Performing

We offer a range of resources that pupils can use and explore within music session. This ensures that all pupils are engaged in their learning.

Experiences and Cultural Capital

We aim to ensure that all pupils have a wide variety of learning experiences throughout their time at school.

Knowledge Organisers

KS1 Reflect Rewind Replay

LKS2 Performance Using Instruments- Glockenspiels

UKS2 Performance Using Voice