Music Curriculum Vision


At Horton Kirby, we believe all children should perform, listen to, review and evaluate music, be taught to sing, create and compose music and understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.  At Horton Kirby, the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, cultural and musical styles, traditions and musical genres. We ensure that all national curriculum objectives in music are covered and build up sequentially, with a focus on long term memory.

Our objective at Horton Kirby is to develop a curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may play in any person’s life. As children move through school they will begin to explore, engage and then express themselves through music. In this way they will develop skills that will inspire them to think critically and creatively, not just in music, but across all aspects of their life.


Within the curriculum, students gain understanding of music from around the world and other cultures, including topics with a particular music focus; Hola Mexico!, which focus on Mexican music, in particular Mayan music; A Child’s War with traditional wartime songs;  Jewish folk songs in Hebrew. Opportunities are used for cross curricula learning, for instance in Science with Sound and Vibration, RE, History and PHSE.

We aim for all children to be involved, to experience real life as a musician or performer. We hope that these opportunities make a difference in their lives, and help them to grow in confidence, perseverance and resilience.

All students are exposed to a wide range of music opportunities in the classroom, with the chance to learn to play both recorder and ukulele in KS2.  All students including pupil premium students benefit from wider opportunities beyond the curriculum, with options to take part in community projects: KS1 Christmas Choir; KS2 Choir; Recorder club; Peripatetic music teaching.


Regular Monitoring of music teaching and learning will show a curriculum that is logically sequenced, built upon and relevant to the needs of the children in our school.  Music lesson observations and conversations with children will show that children have a good grasp of musical vocabulary, how it links with subjects like Science and RE and they are developing long term memory around music theory and practise.

Subject folders will have photographs/videos of children’s performances and lessons, evidencing a variety of opportunities for singing and playing in school and the wider community.  

Useful Documents

Long-Term Plan Y1-2

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Long-Term Plan Y3-4

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Long-Term Plan Y5-6

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Progression of Skills

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