At Cupernham Infant School, our aim is to ensure that all children can develop into confident and enthusiastic Musicians. Our Music provision provides all children the opportunity to explore their creativity, immerse themselves within different styles of music from around the world and to nurture a passion to perform their successes. Our exciting curriculum enables children to explore a vast range of musical instruments. This is underpinned by progressively developing their subject specific skills to support them in composing, rehearsing and performing their creative and exciting masterpieces to a live audience! Additionally, within our Music Curriculum, children are taught valuable skills that can be utilised across all areas of learning and applied to everyday life. It enables children to listen and respond to music and entitles children to connect, express and explore their emotions within a safe learning environment.


The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils can listen to high quality pieces of music. To create and express themselves through the use of their voice, tuned and untuned instruments. It provides all pupils opportunity to experiment and create their own musical pieces through song, rhyme, chants and musical composition.

At Cupernham Infant School our aims for every child are:

  • To develop an enthusiasm and passion for Music.
  • To ensure learning is expressive, creative and relatable to each child.
  • To develop pupils’ confidence and creativity.
  • To provide pupils with the skills to listen, respond and explore a wide range of musical styles.
  • To enable opportunity to explore and to play a wide range of musical instruments.
  • To provide pupils with the skills to compose, rehearse and perform their successes with their peers and special adults.
  • To promote and develop pupil curiosity about the history of Music.
  • To connect Music to the thoughts, feelings and emotions of individuals.


At Cupernham Infant School, the music curriculum ensures children listen, sing, play, perform and evaluate music through a wide range of musical genres and compositions. We offer our children regular opportunities to embed their love of learning through weekly music lessons, whole school assemblies, celebrations, weekly singing assemblies, performances and choir club.

Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a mastery, fun and engaging way. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, revise, deepen and apply their understanding.

Each music lesson provides opportunities to expose and encourage children to learn and apply a range of musical language. The elements of music taught, enable pupils to unpick, understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn how to identify components of music, using body movements and a v

ariety of percussion instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, and therefore, develop their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.


At Cupernham Infant School, our music curriculum enables children to develop a love and understanding of music across a range of differing genres, styles, culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as a listener, creator or performer.

Pupils can express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and are able to create their own musical ideas. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas within a safe learning environment, enabling pupils to positively acknowledge and respect differing viewpoints. Pupils can confidently identify, dissect and comprehend music as well as using skills such as collaboration or independence to begin to compose, perform and review their own musical pieces.

At Cupernham Infant School, we believe that the learning, enjoyment and enthusiasm for music should not be solely confined to the classroom, but experienced, shared and celebrated regularly. Therefore, we provide half termly performances, weekly choir club, singing assemblies and school productions for all our children to engage within and these are celebrated and supported by families, carers, the school and wider community.

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