Music Subject Leader: Mrs J Hinde

For any more information on Horton Kirby’s Music Curriculum, please contact the office.

Music education improves, develops and broadens the range of creative skills. This is incorporated into daily routines and inspires self-expression through a variety of mediums. 


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.

pupils playing the xylophones in a music lesson at horton kirby primary school
horton kirby performing at the trust choir concert by aletheia academies trust


Within our curriculum, students gain understanding of music from around the world and other cultures, including music topics

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.

pupil playing marimba in music lesson at horton kirby primary school

Music in Each Stage

In KS1, pupils experiment with sounds, express their voices and perform simple rhythmical and melodic patterns. Pupils will be able to listen with concentration and recall sounds using aural memory. They will be introduced to pitch, dynamics, durations, tempo, texture and more.


Click the link below to view our EYFS, year 1 and year 2 long-term plans:

EYFS Year Curriculum Overview

Year 1 Curriculum Year Overview

Year 2 Curriculum Year Overview

group of pupils playing the xylophones in a music lesson at horton kirby primary school

KS2 will explore musical language in terms of singing in unison, playing tuned instruments, rehearsing performances and appreciating music production in different ways. Pupils will be given the opportunity to compose music and perform in extracurricular activities such as annual choir concerts and o2 Young Voices.

Click the link below to view our year 3 – 4 long-term plan, and year 5 – 6 long-term plan:

Year 3 Curriculum Year Overview

Year 4 Curriculum Year Overview

Year 5 Curriculum Year Overview

Year 6 Curriculum Year Overview

trust choir concert for aletheia academies trust

Music Progression

At Horton Kirby, we develop our pupil’s Musical understanding through essential skills; growing their depth of knowledge year after year. Through the use of ‘informal milestones’, we are able to monitor their progress and allocate extra support and adaptations to the curriculum for pupils to maintain a strong education.

Music Big Ideas and Milestones


Music Essential Skills Progression


Music Long Term Plan


SEND Information

Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported Music curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.

Music Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of Music for more information.