Alston Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 1SB



Intent Statement

At Elton Primary we provide a music curriculum that allows all pupils to expand their knowledge and discover their own unique capabilities. Our curriculum provides students with the ability to experiment, learn, adapt and create within a positive environment. We enable pupils to push their confidence, capability and creativity.

Not only is music beneficial for mental wellbeing, it also involves social aspects such as emotional understanding, communication and friendship.



How music is taught at Elton

  • Our music curriculum provides students with an adaptive and cohesive scheme of work to support students learning. This scheme of work is supported alongside websites such as Charanga.
  • Pupils are encouraged to give opinions and experiment with music during lessons as well as outside of lessons.
  • As children move up the school they are given more opportunities to experiment and learn to use different instruments as well as learn and create songs.
  • Not only are pupils exposed to music and musical skills during lessons, we also provide out of lesson opportunities. For example, Young Voices is a singing club for LKS2 onward. We also have hold a singing assembly each week and a weekly celebration assembly in which the children showcase the songs they have learnt to parents.
  • Singing and music outside of lessons helps the children discover that music is not only a school subject but it can also be very enjoyable and can turn into a hobby.


The music curriculum ensures children develop their knowledge, language and skills. The constant use of skills and language allows students to recall information and more importantly, understand the information. The progression of skills is very clear, consistent and effective. Each skill is taught, applied and then retaught later in the school. This way the children develop more of an understanding of skills and knowledge that progresses up the school as they do.

The pupils learn to understand and use pitch, tone, rhythm, tempo, beat and improvisation. The pupils are given the foundations of skills and knowledge lower down in school, these are then built on in the following key stages.

The curriculum books display snippets of music lessons for each class. From these books, it is clear what skill they are working on and the key language that is being focused on. Lessons can also be recorded when appropriate in order for evidence collecting as well as sharing work with other staff and pupils.

The most impressive change seen in pupils is not in their musical ability but in their confidence levels. The confidence and necessary life skills gained through music lessons are rewarding to observe.