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Arboretum Overview (2014 Curriculum)



At Arboretum we believe that Music is one of the highest forms of creativity. With over forty languages, cultures and communities at Arboretum Primary School, we recognise the value of Music as a universal language, which can bind and bring our school community together. Our Music Curriculum inspires our children to develop a love of, and talent for, music. We teach singing across all Key Stages as well as teaching children how to play both tuned and untuned instruments, encouraging creativity, self-confidence and a sense of achievement in performing along the way. As pupils at Arboretum progress, we ensure that they have opportunities to develop a critical engagement with music. Our pupils are given time to compose, and listen with discrimination to what we believe is the very best in the musical canon.



The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  •  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
  •  learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


Teaching the statutory knowledge, skills and understanding of Music results in Arboretum children being equipped with:



of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and notations

of a history of music and its traditions


Perform: independently and co-operatively, communicating ideas through performances



Working with others to gain insight and give/receive feedback

Improving own learning – acting upon advice and feedback

Create: experiment, improvise and compose


Critical thinking, including:

  • appreciation of music
  • appraisal of music




Or click on Curriculum By Year Group to see more information about all subject areas: