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Music Long Term Plan

At Salterhebble, our Music curriculum aims to help children feel they are musical and develop a life-long love of music.

We focus on developing both the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that children need 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. Our curriculum follows a spiral curriculum model where previous skills and knowledge are returned to and built upon.

Substantive knowledge in music is based on the developing knowledge of the nine interrelated dimensions of music.  All music learning is built around the interrelated dimensions of music.

Interrelated Dimensions of Music











Substantive knowledge focuses on developing children’s skills and knowledge required for them to develop as musicians.  This is achieved through deliberate practice and allows children to develop and demonstrate fluency of knowledge.  It involves learning about music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

Disciplinary knowledge in music is the interpretation of the interrelated dimensions of music and how this knowledge is used when singing, playing instruments, improvising and composing, to develop creative and original pieces and performances.  Children work independently and collaboratively to interpret and combine the dimensions of music to create a specific and desired effect.

The music curriculum at Salterhebble is underpinned by Charanga. This supports teachers’ knowledge and understanding when delivering the key concepts of the music curriculum as well as drawing on support from the Music Hub to provide whole class instrumental tuition in Year 2 where the children learn to play the recorder.

Music is taught from EYFS to Year 6 and is built around a spiral progression to ensure skills are revisited and built upon each year.

We currently have a KS2 choir which is led by Mr Wright from Calderdale Music Hub after school on a Thursday. 

Through Calderdale Music Trust, pupils can undertake music lessons. These are private lessons that take place in school; parents agreed arrangement is with the Music Trust.

Contact can be made via or 01422 303060 for further information.

End Points

By the end of KS1, children will be able 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 and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

By the end of KS2, children will be able 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 and develop an understanding of the history of music.


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