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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

We are musicians...

'Music gives a soul to the universe.

Wings to the mind

Flight to the imagination 

and life to everything'- Plato


At Heartwood we value music and how it enhances wellbeing, creativity and brings people and communities together.


We have a specialised music teacher, Mr Rideout,, who inspires and teaches the children to read music and play instruments. Singing is part of our everyday curriculum. We follow the Norfolk Music Hub Charanga curriculum throughout the school. 

We aim for our children to watch a wide range of live performances over their journey at Heartwood.


‘music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon’.



We are planning a live concert for our pupils and are planning for our pupils to plan and take part in their own concert in a venue for their parents and carers.

How do we teach music?

Music teaching is thread throughout the academic year. Opportunities are built in for performing and singing, including productions and services at the church (see below). We use the Norfolk Music Hub Charanga Model Curriculum to teach elements of the curriculum


In the EYFS children sing daily through different areas of the curriculum, The provision has opportunities for children to explore different instruments and the sounds they make. Planned sessions focus on rhythm, beat and tempo. 


Informed by the model music curriculum, our music curriculum sets out sequences of learning in the following key areas which, when taken together, all contribute towards the steadily increasing development of musicianship:

• Singing
• Listening
• Composing
• Performing/Instrumental Performance


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


Music has a rare and unique ability to bring people together; music making can make a whole class, school and community feel connected to others and part of something bigger.

Our music curriculum celebrates the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities as it does the leaps in technology that have made available new tools and adapted instruments, leading to improved access and greater choice for all pupils to realise their creative potential.

We set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment, using appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious. Potential areas of difficulty are identified and addressed at the outset. Lessons are be planned to address potential areas of difficulty and to remove barriers to pupil achievement.


The Nicholas Hamond Academy music curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to prepare the children for the next stages in their education in each subject. Our curriculum map plans to support the declarative and procedural knowledge needed for the children to access and thrive in music in KS3.


Making a Difference 

Music provides its listeners with such pleasure and enjoyment. We perform to the community to strengthen partnerships and bring the community together. 

The teaching of music enhances the children's cultural capital and gives them the knowledge about famous and local musicians.

This includes performances at local residential homes, carol signing in the community and inviting in the community to events.

Carol Singing in the community

Carol singing for the community

The KS2 children performed their Christmas songs to the community. 

Group, duet and solo singing for the Christmas performances

Heartwood Festival 

We are excited to be planning a music festival for the future. There will be live bands, street food and dancing! 

Music Implementation

We have a specialised music teacher who comes into our school to teach aspects of the music curriculum with our KS2 children. 

National Curriculum 


EYFS Music 



3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:

Children in Reception will be learning to:


Expressive arts and design

  • Listen with increased attention to sounds.
  • Respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings.
  • Remember and sing entire songs.
  • Sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’).
  • Sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs.
  • Create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know.
  • Play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas.
  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.


Being Imaginative and Expressive

  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate try to move in time with music. 

Physical development

  • Increasingly be able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm.




  • Sing a large repertoire of songs.
  • Know many rhymes, be able to talk about familiar books, and be able to tell a long story.
  • Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.
  • Learn rhymes, poems and songs.





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