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The Poplars Curriculum-Music





Music  is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. Through music, we want the children to develop the skills to be confident communicators, where they confidently share ideas, plan independently and collaboratively and perform their work, to develop a love of music. We recognise that music can help to develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other curriculum subjects, whilst bringing energy and motivation into the learning. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuitions, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self confidence and sensitivity towards others.  It is the perfect channel to develop the transferable global competencies of deep learning (NPDL).  Music can aid memory, which is why early music (singing nursery rhymes and action songs) is particularly good for a child’s early development.

We believe music is inclusive and accessible to all and we want children to develop a love of music through being exposed to different types of music through high quality examples. Where possible, we want to inspire children by exposing them to demonstrations and real life experiences. We recognise the power of music, learning to play music can fight stress. Listening to music is especially helpful in helping relax and lessening anxiety. An appreciation of the music of other cultures is likely to increase the empathy towards that culture due to increased intercultural understanding.

We believe that every pupil should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential; we aim to nurture and encourage any musical interest.

The big ideas in music

  • To master the following: listening and appraisal, improvisation, composition and performance 

  • To enable pupils to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, recognising the power of music 

  • To build a wide knowledge of different genres of music from different eras and places.

  • To provide children with the vocabulary to enable them to explore sounds and communicate their understanding of the dynamics of music


The Poplars Curriculum incorporates a progressive plan for music which enables knowledge and skills to be built upon in each year group, giving our pupils the best chance to succeed:

Please continue reading the Music K&S progression document here.


Whilst at Poplars Farm, pupils  have access to a diverse programme, which allows pupils to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. 

The impact of this Music curriculum will lead to strong progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills.This is tracked on the school’s online tracking system with outcomes reported to parents and analysed by the school’s leader for music.

Through the study of music at Poplars Farm, pupils will have developed a sense of achievement and with this will have experienced greater  self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Through music, our pupils will also develop an understanding of cultures and history, building a wide repertoire of musical styles from different times and places. Pupils are able to enjoy music, in different ways- either as listener, creator or performer.  Our Pupils will leave primary education having amassed a solid understanding of the dynamics of music, an appreciation of music and overall well prepared to develop their studies further at secondary school, and hopefully beyond.

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