What does music look like at Manor Park Primary?  

Every child at Manor Park Primary Academy engages in quality music education from their entry into Nursery until the end of KS2 in Year 6.  

In the early Years, music is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance teaching of the core curriculum in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject.  

In KS1 and KS2, pupils participate in weekly singing assemblies and a 30-40 minute curriculum music lesson with a Music specialist teacher (except Year 5 which is taught by class teachers with a focus on music technology planned in conjugation with the LEO music director).


What is Manor Park trying to achieve through its music curriculum? (Intent)

Linking to the ‘Creativity’ Big idea in the Cornerstones Maestro tool,  The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music

  • Be taught to sing, create and compose music

  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


At Manor Park Primary Academy the intention is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music by gaining a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. 


Our objective at Manor Park Primary Academy is to develop a curiosity 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 wish to be expressed in any person’s life. 


We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

How is Manor Park’s curriculum being delivered? (Implementation)

The music curriculum (which is mainly delivered by Specialist teachers and supplemented by topic based sessions within the Cornerstones curriculum) ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments.  


Music is taught by Music specialists who teach the children to play an instrument, developing the skills of performing, listening, reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. Children are taught to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, with lessons focusing on pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 


In the classroom children learn how to play a range of  instruments, such as recorders, saxophones, tenor horn and tuned and untuned percussion instruments. In doing so the children understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. 


They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. 


Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.


In addition to these opportunities, the music curriculum is further promoted and enhanced through the annual Christmas, Spring and Summer term productions. These productions consist of a play led by a specific year group and all children in this year group are given the opportunity to participate in the accompanying choir for this event. There are also a range of opportunities for children to perform such as Express assemblies as well as the annual Carol service.  

What difference is Manor Park’s curriculum making? (Impact)

Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows children to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. 


The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. 


Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

"Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity"

(The National Curriculum)

Music is effective in our school when children in:        


Know how to sing familiar and favourite songs and how to use musical instruments to make different sounds

Understand  how design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories can be used to express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings 

Be confident and creative artists, able to experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function to achieve a planned effect


Know a range of songs, chants and rhymes 

Understand, describe and respond to the melody, pitch, rhythm, volume and shape of a piece of music

Be confident and creative musicians, able to play simple tuned and untuned instruments 


Know how to appreciate and respond to a wide range of high-quality music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Understand key vocabulary that can be used to comment on a piece of music

Be confident and creative musicians, able to improvise, compose, play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts

"A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement." 

(The National Curriculum)

What opportunities does our music curriculum offer our children?      

  • Termly instrument performances in Year 6 based on world drumming
  • Yearly saxophone and French horn  performance in and out of school for Year 4 
  • Choir clubs in KS2
  • Peripatetic lessons from Year 2 – Year 6 including guitar, vocal, trumpet, saxophone, violin and piano.  
  • Singing performances in all year groups 
  • Children to be taught by specialist teachers in KS1 and KS2.
  • Big Sing music festival in Year 2 
  • Christmas performances  in Reception and Year 2 
  • Carol service  for Year 3 and 5 and the KS2 choir 
  • Music workshops in Year 6 
  • LEO Trust and Borough Performances 

At Manor Park we are fortunate enough to work closely with and be supported by the LEO music director who co-ordinates large performances of 500+ children and ensures that the standards  for music are asprinational and achieved through regular meetings with the music coordinator