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Skills Progression


Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. At Greenpark Academy, our music teaching creates connections in our ever-changing world. Music allows our pupils to be creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. Music can bring communities together through the shared purpose of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music feeds the soul of the Greenpark Academy community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which makes our school great!


What do we teach? What does it look like?

Music is taught to enable children to develop key music skills, from reception to Y6, using instruments, pieces of music and song.  Classes will either explore the Model Music Curriculum from a specialist Music Teacher or using resources from an online resource called Charanga or Sparkyard (Out of the Ark).  The Music teaching and learning is linked (where possible) to the overarching umbrella topic of the school. The Model Music Curriculum sequences learning in the following key areas which, when taken together, all contribute towards the steadily increasing development of musicianship: singing, listening, composing and performing. Learning is profiled using class books that include pictures and the voice of the child, collaborative learning and show progress over time.


What do we teach? What does it look like?

It is through the Model Music Curriculum we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week; this may take the form of short sessions with a specialist teacher or spread across the week in class or assembly.
  • will start a whole-class instrumental programme lasting a minimum of one term supported by a specialist teacher from the local Music Education Hub.
  • will access to both rhythmic and melodic instrument resources; this may be as part of the whole-class instrumental programme and available in classroom teaching.
  • Will perform pieces of music where possible in local and school events.