Curriculum Music

A small groups of young boys interact whilst waiting for their performance.

Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility

Delivering the music curriculum

Wandsworth Music has a team of music specialists who deliver high quality curriculum music lessons to primary schools. Our bespoke curriculum teaches music in a fun and creative way and includes singing, playing classroom instruments, composing and creating music, listening and appraising.

With singing and performing at its heart, our programmes engage pupils in practical music-making and ensure progression and continuity in line with the National Curriculum. We work in partnership with schools to link lessons into whole school themes and really bring subjects to life through singing and music making of all kinds.

Primary whole class music teaching is normally delivered over 36 weeks of the year in minimum units of;

• 30-45 minutes per class for KS1

• 45-60 minutes per class for KS2

Support to develop your music curriculum

Wandsworth Music aims to have an active and positive relationship with all schools in Wandsworth and we are committed to supporting the development of music in your school. We can help provide CPD opportunities for school staff, which can be offered ever as stand alone services or as part of our programmes and projects.

We are particularly keen to help share examples of good practice around the borough – If you or your school have a particular expertise in music that you would be willing to share with other schools in Wandsworth, then please do let us know!

To help us best support you please complete the School Music Survey

Music Curriculum Guidance

The following documents and guidance are designed to support schools in developing their school music policy and to help you evaluate and assess your current music provision.

Durham Music Hub have also created this excellent curriculum progress map, which demonstrates how the curriculum can be carefully sequenced to show musical progression across KS1 & KS2.

New Ofsted Framework and subject deep dives

It is likely that the following might be key lines of enquiry based on the new focus on Intent, Implementation and Impact:

  • INTENT: What are you trying to achieve through your music curriculum? How is it structed?
  • IMPLEMENTATION: How is the school’s curriculum being delivered?
  • IMPACT: What difference is the school’s curriculum making?

There is also evidence that questions and observations include:

  • How to demonstrate ‘sequencing’ in Music? (Why this? Why now?)
  • How to show/evidence progression of musical knowledge and understanding?
  • How does a school support children who get behind? Or children with SEND?

Please click here to see the webinar, Why just ‘doing’ music isn’t enough – presented by Mark Phillips HMI, Ofsted Lead for Music. The webinar explores the Ofsted framework, the importance of a well planned sequenced music curriculum, deep dives and much more!

We are delighted to be able to nominate all Wandsworth Schools for FREE membership of Music Mark.

  • Access to online resources to support the delivery of music
  • Access to free online CPD and training events
  • Use of the Music Mark school logo on your school website and other media.

For more information on how to receive your FREE Music Mark Membership CLICK HERE

Model Music Curriculum

Teaching Music in Schools – model Music Curriculum In March 2021, the government published it’s new Model Music Curriculum.  This is not a new National Curriculum but instead represents good practice in how the statutory curriculum can be delivered.

Gareth Gay, Head of Sutton Music Service has also produced this extremely useful document which aims to help music leaders see the musical progression outlined in the MMC easily. Our thanks to Gareth for sharing this document with us.

Links for further guidance and resources