Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


Hayesdown celebrates all aspects of music as a means of communication and enjoyment through the development of musical knowledge, skills and understanding. We make music an enjoyable learning experience, building the confidence of children in their singing, listening, Composing and performance.

During their music lessons, as well as studying music from around the world, children develop and build on their skills in all elements of music through engaging and interactive lessons including pulse, pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation.

Music at Hayesdown supports positive mental health and well-being by developing self-reflection, creativity and collaboration with others in lessons, clubs and other musical events such as concerts and festivals across the Trust. Children at Hayesdown learn to play and explore the glockenspiel, recorder and Ukulele as well as other tuned and untuned percussive instruments.

At Hayesdown School, we are developing our approach using the Model Music Curriculum to support pupils to:

  • Sing and use their voices.
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others.
  • Use technology appropriately.
  • Progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
  • Understand the work of great composers and musicians.
  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
  • Use musical vocabulary and language.
  • Make judgements about the quality of music.
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments.
  • Take part in performances.
  • Perform and share a range of musical styles.
  • Listen, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.
  • Have opportunities to study a range of musical styles and genres, e.g. Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.

REACH Values

RESPONSIBLE: Develop an understanding of the history of music.
ENTHUSIASTIC: Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
AMBITIOUS: Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
CONFIDENT: Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
HAPPY & HEALTHY: 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

Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum:

Music supports our school’s aim to place “Reading at the Heart of Hayesdown” by providing opportunities to develop new vocabulary and apply this both in written and verbal activities such as discussing and appreciating music. Pupils also evaluate their improvisations and performances as well as those of others.

The Long Term Overview for Music can be found here: Music Curriculum Overview

Music Skills Progression Document can be found here: Music Skills Progression