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Primary Academy



At Mansfield Primary Academy we are passionate about our Music curriculum, and we ensure that...


Children generate their music knowledge, listening skills, singing, performance and an appreciation of a variety of different genres and composers.


We aspire to give children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and fuel their passion music.


Children work together to take part in community events, allowing them to share musical abilities. Including performing to other peers and visits to sing to residents in local care homes.


We enquire through musical vocabulary and experiences as they take part in year group performances.


At Mansfield Primary Academy, we believe music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our music education aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately
  • 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

At Key Stage One

Pupils are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

At Key Stage Two

Pupils are be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They  develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils are taught to:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

All children have access to in-school music lessons with Inspire Nottinghamshire Music hub. Over the course of their school journey, children will have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments including: guitar, trumpet, drums, recorder and flutes.