Our approach to Music

Intent of curriculum:

Our school vision ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’, demonstrates our goal, which is, to strive for every pupil to be ready to learn, fulfil their potential, develop resilience, work in partnership with each other, be a responsible citizen, have value and respect each other. The personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in children’s ability to learn and achieve, which is why at Poplar we weave this through school life and our curriculum. We foster the ideals of our pupils having their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.


At Poplar Primary School we value music because it is a universal language and one of the highest forms of creativity. Music reflects the culture and society we live in and is a powerful vehicle for personal expression.  We believe that teaching music can inspire and motivate children by changing the way they feel, think and act.  It helps the body and mind to work together and it can play an important part in the personal development of children.  

At Poplar Primary School we believe strongly that every child should have the opportunity to learn about and experience the joy of music. It is our aim to provide a high –quality music education that will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and nurture their talent as musicians.  We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up their confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

We aim for all our children 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 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 music excellence.
  • Understand how music  is created, produced and communicated , including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.