The Cliff Federation (Hemswell Cliff and Willoughton Primary Schools)

Music Curriculum Intent



At the Cliff Federation, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. Our lessons provide children with opportunities to develop their musical skills and knowledge and understanding of a wide range of musical genres. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage this.



Across the federation, Music lessons predominantly follow the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work. This breaks learning into half-termly units which are linked to other areas of the curriculum where possible. Within each unit, children have opportunities to develop the following skills: listening to and discussing music from a range of genres using appropriate vocabulary; singing and using their voices to create different effects; playing a range of musical instruments; composing music and improvising; performing to an audience. Our children are fortunate to have some lessons taught by specialist teachers from the Lincolnshire Music Service.

In EYFS, music is an important part of the children’s learning journey. Rhyme and rhythm are utilised frequently with the children learning a range of songs and rhymes.

Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to join Singing Club where the focus is on singing for pleasure. Members of the club are invited to participate in ‘Young Voices’ – a singing event held at Sheffield Arena which we go to biennially.



Our Music curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression from singing simple songs from memory and performing simple rhyming patterns in EYFS and KS1, to more advanced techniques, skills and understanding in lower Key Stage 2, leading to being able to read and follow a simple musical score in upper Key Stage 2. Alongside this, we endeavour to encourage the children to enjoy music and feel confident in their musical abilities.