At Catherine Junior School, our curriculum is designed to provide, through inspiring and engaging experiences, the knowledge and skills to become independent, life-long learners. We recognise that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 

We teach music termly focusing on the three core aims of the National Curriculum: listening, performing and composing. 


Aims and Objectives

We believe that, with the right teaching and support, every child can develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. At Catherine Junior School, we have high expectations to enable excellence for all and we base our teaching on the belief that all children have the potential to succeed. All aspects of our eight values in the Catherine Code underpin our curriculum, which promotes our school motto and ethos of ‘Together, we can do it!’ Our curriculum is led by our whole school core principles of oracy, reading, experiences and memory and recall.


We aim to develop learners who:

  • Have the competence and confidence to play and perform in both solo and ensemble contexts.
  • Are encouraged to listen with attention to detail.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes.
  • ‘Read’ music: understanding staff and other musical notations.
  • Use staff and other notations to aid memory and recall of compositions.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.
  • Are encouraged to use music to communicate and express themselves.
  • Connect knowledge to other things they have learnt and recall what they already know to apply knowledge gained
  • Have a growth mindset and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude towards the subject of Music.
  • Use the Catherine Code and are supportive, resilient, collaborative, enthusiastic, motivated, respectful, thoughtful and valued.


Music Long Term Plan

Music Progression