Shelley Primary School

Music and Creative Arts Curriculum Statement

 Music and the Creative Arts


Music is a universal language that unites our pupils through learning, expression and creativity. At Shelley Primary School we teach the creative arts to inspire, engage and to encourage pupils’ creativity. We introduce children to a range of musical instruments and allow them to develop a sense of achievement and self-confidence through a love of music and challenge. Drama and performance flow through our class assemblies, English lessons, school productions, church performances and concerts. Each time the children perform, we as a school intend to provide the child with an opportunity to express themselves, grow in self-confidence and to grow through experiences in drama.


We achieve our intent by ensuring that the children:

• Use drama skills in English lessons and allowing the children the chance to explore emotions.

• Are surrounded by a high level of singing and drama in our school through class assemblies, Christmas performances, Sing Up Festival, Nativities and clubs.

• Are hearing and appreciating professional musicians when possible in school.

• Have consistent music lessons taught by either a music teacher or following a music programme that follows the National Curriculum expectations.

In these lessons the children:

. listen and Appreciate to gain Knowledge and Understanding

• listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

• appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians throughout the history of music.

• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Create, Perform and Evaluate

• have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully.

• Are taught singing consistently each week progressing their skills and song knowledge, both new and hymns.

• Have the chance to learn 8 different instruments at our school and are encouraged to take part in musical grades.

• Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others.

• Perform with an audience in mind.


• Enjoyment of singing and music through both learning and personal enjoyment

• Enthusiasm and confidence with signing and musical expression

• A knowledge of great composers and they genre of music they created • A clear development of skills both practically and critically that leads to good progress in the music curriculum

• A child who feels confident to express themselves creatively through various creative art forms