Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary School

Curriculum Intent

At Ainderby Steeple CE Primary School, we are dedicated in providing an enriching and comprehensive music education that instils a lifelong love of music in our children and enables pupils to feel that they are musical. We ensure that all of our pupils are able to flourish musically and provide concert opportunities across the academic year.

We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers and listeners. Our curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.

Children will develop the musical skills of singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, improvising and composing music, and listening and responding to music. The children will develop an understanding of the history and cultural context of the music that they listen to and learn how music can be written down. Through music, our curriculum helps children develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making and presentation and performance skills. These skills are vital to children’s development as learners and have a wider application in their general lives outside and beyond school.

Our music scheme is underpinned by Kapow. The music scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key Stage Attainment targets outlined in the national curriculum and the aims of the scheme align with those in the national curriculum. It also aligns with the Department for Education’s Model Music Curriculum.

Curriculum Implementation

The Kapow music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching experiences:




The history of music

The inter-related dimensions of music

Each five-lesson unit combines these strands within a cross-curricular topic designed to capture pupil’s imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. As the scheme progresses, children are taught how to sing fluently and expressively, and play tuned and untuned instruments accurately and with control. They will learn to recognise and name the interrelated dimensions of music – pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and dynamics – and use these expressively in their own improvisations and compositions.

We offer instrumental lessons that complement the Kapow scheme of work and allow pupils in lower key stage two to develop their expertise in using a tuned instrument for a minimum of one term as recommended in the Model Music Curriculum.

Please contact the School Administrator should you wish to access the Progression of Skills and Knowledge document for Music. This document identifies the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop year on year to ensure attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.

Please click here to access the Mixed Year Group Long Term Planning for music.

The Kapow music scheme follows the spiral curriculum model where previously taught skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon. Children progress in terms of tackling more complex tasks and doing simple tasks better, as well as developing understanding and knowledge of the history of music, staff and other musical notations, and the interrelated dimensions of music.

In every lesson, pupils will actively participate in musical activities drawn from a range of styles and traditions, developing their musical skills and understanding of how music works. Lessons incorporate a range of teaching  strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work as well as improvisation and teacher-led performances. Lessons are ‘hands on’ and incorporate movement and dance elements, as well as making cross curricular links with other areas of learning.

Adaptive teaching guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required.

Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary. Please click here to see an example Knowledge Organiser.

Strong subject knowledge is essential for teachers to be able to deliver a highly effective and robust music curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to strengthen subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD, aiding teachers in their own acquisition of musical skills and knowledge. Additional CPD opportunities are also provided by the music subject leader through coaching.

Please click to access adaptations for pupils with SEND in music.

Music Timetabling at Ainderby Steeple CE Primary School

Music lessons are delivered every Tuesday afternoon. Please click here to access the music timetable.

Collective Worship

A range of culturally, diverse music with a significant importance is always accessible for pupils to listen to and reflect on during entry and exit to Collective Worship. Christian values for the half term are reflected through this music choice. All pupils access Collective Worship and are invited to learn and perform a weekly song.

Music Impact

The impact of the music curriculum can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and at the end of each unit there is often a performance element where teachers can make a summative assessment of pupil’s learning. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key learning from the unit, encouraging a recall of practical skills, key knowledge and vocabulary.

Pupils will leave Ainderby CE Primary School equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and to be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives. The impact of this curriculum is that children will:

  • Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school.
  • Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social and historical contexts in which it is developed.
  • Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.
  • Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Music.

Ainderby Steeple Church of England School Choir

Ainderby School Church of England School Choir was established in the Autumn Term of 2022. The choir meet every week. The choir have already successfully performed publicly at Northallerton Town Hall, St Radegund’s Church in Scruton and St Helen’s Church in Ainderby Steeple. The choir confidently perform in school during Collective Worship.

Music Club

An exciting music extra curricular club is offered to our pupils.


Music Subject Leader – Mrs R Peart