“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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”

Primary National Curriculum for Music 2014

Music Curriculum Statement

At Lindfield Primary Academy, we want to engage and inspire the children by immersing them in a wide range of quality musical pieces.

We aim to achieve this through our exciting curriculum map, which promotes a cross curricular and creative approach to learning. Our topics encourage children to make links with other subjects such as PSHE, PE, Computing and History. Our academy follows the programmes of study from 2014 National Curriculum that specifies what to teach in each year group.

Our Curriculum Intent for Music

With these aspirations, our INTENTIONS for the Music curriculum are:

  • For children at Lindfield to be able to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • Children will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
  • Children will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated and understand the technical terms: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

We will IMPLEMENT these intentions by:

Lindfield Primary Academy follows a music scheme called Charanga which allows the pupils to become engaged in the music curriculum. There are lots of wonderful, inspiring resources to help the teachers and children in their music education. It brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum.

Each year group also has taken inspiration from the BBC Ten Pieces project which is an exciting initiative for schools led by BBC Learning and BBC Performing groups. The aim is to open up the world of classical music to a new generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses using a variety of art forms, digital art, animation, performance poetry, dance or movement and composition.

Within music lessons the children have access to djembe drums, xylophones and glockenspiels which allows them to find the rhythm within a song and play along. This also means that children can have a go at improvising and composing alongside the music they are studying in the lesson.

Each week, the children take part in a key stage singing assembly. The songs are often based on what the children are learning in PSHCE as a helpful link across the curriculum.

Our school boasts two wonderful choirs led by Mrs Rolph and an orchestra club for years 3-6.

There are a wide range of WSCC music lessons - harmonica, violin, brass instruments, keyboard, piano, guitar and now drum lessons as well!

The IMPACT of this learning will be:

By the end of their time at Lindfield children will be able to:
- play and perform
- play a range of instruments
- recall sounds
- listen and appraise a range of music from different traditions from great composers and musicians
By the end of their time at Lindfield children will be able to:
- play and perform
- play a range of instruments
- improvise and compose
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music
- listen and appraise a range of music from different traditions from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of Music across the history

Voice in a Million 2019

A fantastic trip to Wembley Arena for 60 children, was had by all involved. All singing as part of a 5000 person child choir. Rehearsals during the day with the soloists and professional singers with the final performance in front of hundreds more parents. The children particularly enjoyed exciting performances from 3 bands well-known from Instagram and Britains Got Talent. The children worked extremely hard rehearsing for months with Mrs Rolph to perfect the songs and dance moves, that enabled them to take part in a spectacular concert.

60 year 5 and 6 children travelled up to London to perform at Wembley Arena. Along with many other schools, we sang a number of songs including: ‘All of Me’ by John Legend and ‘Blinded by Your Grace’ by Stomzy. Everybody enjoyed this experience and had a great time dancing along to Road Trip (boy band). We worked really hard learning complicated dances and it all paid off - VIAM was by far the greatest school concert of all. By Annabel Hughes Year 6