Subject leader: Miss Tully

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Our music curriculum intent 


‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.’ 

— Plato —


At Pennoweth, children gain a secure understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our aim is for all children to develop an inquisitiveness for Music, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.


Taken from Cornerstones, our curriculum is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.


Our curriculum ensures children experience singing, listening to, playing, performing and evaluating various genres of music. Through the effective teaching of music, children are encouraged to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Children also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is part of our curriculum, developing an understanding of the various musical elements without the complexity of an instrument.


Wherever possible, children will support musical events within the community, including the Festival of Light, Murdoch Day celebrations and the St. Piran’s Day Parade. As part of these events, children will purposefully showcase their musical talents and skills to a wide audience.



The culture of our DNA at Pennoweth also supports the teaching of music.

The planned progression of music as the children move through the school allows them to grow in confidence with their musical knowledge and ensures our children always feel safe and comfortable. The children are encouraged to see mistakes as a learning opportunity so they feel comfortable when this happens in the classroom. The lessons are planned to ensure that every child is included in every lesson, this combined with the help and support they receive from all adults and children helps them to feel loved. The children are often given a choice on how to present their learning and are given regular opportunities to work independently, helping them to feel be responsible for their own learning. With music based around a project the children are always engaged and motivated with their learning. The use of sticky strips helps them to quickly pick up new knowledge that they can recall at a later date. Finally, our children are ready. Ready to be independent learners who can apply their knowledge in a range of situations and contexts.

Our Music Ambassadors
Here are our music ambassadors. Emillie, Ollie, Israel and Exodus represent music across the school. They have been chosen for their passion for music. In their role, they will share their love for music and help to improve knowledge and skills across the school.
What will my child experience through music at Pennoweth?
During lessons, children will listen to and appreciate music, giving their opinions on a range of genres. Singing and exploring different instruments will also play a big role as children use this to gain an understanding of musical terminology such as rhythm, beat, tempo and pitch. Throughout the school composing will also be an important component, ranging from writing lyrics to a given melody to composing a the entire piece. Children will work on this over a number of lessons leading to a performance and evaluation of this.
Music comes under the early learning goal of 'expressive arts and design'. Children sing on a daily basis and have access to percussion instruments during inside and outdoor play. 
KS1's music project this year is called 'Rio de Vida' which centres around Brazil and carnivals. The project starts with the children listening to music from Brazil with a particular focus on percussion instruments. They will then write a class song to a well-known tune that describes a Brazilian mythical creature. Over a number of lessons, they will practise this to create a polished performance at the end of the project using percussion instruments to accompany their singing.
Lower KS2
Lower KS2's music project this year is 'Heroes and Villains' which focuses on music that depicts these, particularly in films. The children start by listening to the song 'Cruella De Vil' which they practise regularly allowing for a performance at the end of the project. They then listen to different versions of this song and other villainous music in films focusing on describing the tempo, rhythms and how it makes them feel. In small groups, the children will compose lyrics to a well known nursery rhythm and then teach this to the rest of the class.
Upper KS2
Upper KS2's music project for this year is 'Alchemy Island' which is a magical mysterious place that hides valuable treasures. The project focuses on composing with the children starting by using musical software to create magical sounds. They then create their own graphic scores using shapes and symbols to represent the instruments they have used. Finally, the children work together to compose a simple tune that they write lyrics for, leading to them recording and performing this.
What musical knowledge will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What sort of musical language will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What do Pennoweth's children think about music?
Israel (Year 4)

Lochlan, Year 1, 'I loved it because we got to play instruments. It was so much fun.'


Aronas, Year 1,  'I like the Brazilian music because it's exciting.'


Jack, Year 2, 'I liked learning about different rhythms because they are all so different and clever.'


 Joshua, Year 2, 'It was interesting learning about all the different types of drums and the sounds that they make and how you can dampen the sounds using your hands.  I never knew there were so many.'


Lily, Year 3, 'I liked learning the pulse of different music.'


Peggy, Year 3, 'I liked writing the lyrics for a song about Cruella because it was enjoyable and fun to do. I also liked creating a graphic notation for the Darth Vadar theme tune.'


Ava, Year 4, 'I liked writing our own lyrics and learning our class song. I also liked clapping rhythmic patterns and using symbols to write our own patterns.'


Summer, Year 4, 'In music, I enjoyed singing and learning a new song, learning musical notations and making our own rhythms using the symbols.'


Exodus, Year 5, 'In the music project, I enjoyed the graphic scores lesson we did because we got to make our own music using different graphics. I also liked when we listened to the 4 different types of music and answered the questions on them. Furthermore, we worked together to produce and sing a song as a class'

What does music look like at Pennoweth?
Years 1 and 2
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6
Useful music websites and links
BBC Bitesize - KS1
BBC Bitesize KS2
BBC Bring the Noise
Friday afternoon music
This is a singing project connecting young people with contemporary composers
Sing up at home
This has themed playlists of songs to fit every mood – including songs to calm and relax you, songs to get you moving, and empowering songs to lift you up.