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At Shadsworth Infant School we want our children to feel that they are musical, and to develop a life-long love of music. 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. They 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.


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


Music is embedded throughout the school here at Shadsworth Infants, Year 2  have the opportunity to attend a weekly choir/musical theatre club with opportunities to perform in Blackburn Cathedral at their festive Christmas Concert. Each year the whole school are immersed in music with a visit from ‘Samba Bamba’ which is a fantastic show that gives the children the opportunity to listen to live music using a huge variety of tuned and untuned instruments. Age appropriate workshops are also held for all children, where they learn to play some of the eco-friendly instruments and perform to the rest of the school and their parents. We also celebrate music every half term as all children take part in our 'Musical Showcase' assembly where they share their learning from across the half term, the children at Shadsworth just LOVE putting on an excellent show!






Kapow's Primary’s Music scheme takes a holistic approach to music, in which the individual strands below are woven together to create engaging and enriching learning experiences:

  • Performing
  • Listening
  • Composing
  • 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 pupils’ imagination and encourage them to explore music enthusiastically. Over the course of the scheme, children will be 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.

The instrumental scheme lessons complement the Kapow Primary scheme of work and allow lower key stage pupils to develop their expertise in using a tuned instrument for a minimum of one term as recommended in the Model music curriculum.


The Curriculum Mapping documents show which of our units cover each of the national curriculum attainment targets as well as each of these strands within it. Our Progression of skills and knowledge shows 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.





The impact of our musical provision 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 pupils’ learning. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key learning from the unit, encouraging recall of practical skills, key knowledge and vocabulary.


Each half term, all Reception and KS1 pupils attend our Shadsworth Musical Showcase - whereby each class perform the culminating piece from their class learning throughout that half term. During this performance, the children present the key points they have learnt, along with and evaluation of their work. Performances have included Reception children developing Makaton style actions to a chosen song; Year 1 have displayed their understanding of tempo and dynamics in a chilling presentation of the soundtrack to 'Jaws'; and Year 2 have given us an insight into the call and response music of West Africa using a range of dynamics and rhythmic patterns to represent the culture of the area. 


After the implementation of our EYFS and KS1 Music curriculum, pupils should leave our school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in the next step of their education and to be able to enjoy and appreciate music throughout their lives.


The expected impacts of our provision are that children:


  • 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.