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Music Champion: Mr Cox

Most of us come across music pretty much every day, whether that be on the radio, TV and even times we don't even realise such as during films. It is very much part of our everyday lives and has a huge effect on health and well-being by promoting positive emotions. I love music because it brings people together in conversation - everyone has an opinion on music, it provides a creative outlet to express our personal characteristics and it is fun! It is fabulous that our school provides an opportunity for all children to learn a range of instruments and learn about music history and I really look forward again this year to seeing the incredible musicians that our curriculum promotes.


Our Vision

Intent: for children to develop self-expression and creativity through experiences to listen and perform and to learn an instrument (in KS2) and to have a critical approach to musical experiences, understanding that people may have different tastes in music and that music does not have to be ‘liked’ to be appreciated.

Delivery: The curriculum is delivered by providing the children of Fairmeadows with experiences of games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation and composition (see Music mapping).

Impact: To develop children’s metacognitive skills for life-long learning in understanding how they learn through experiences and critical review. And through critical review, that they can appreciate that others may have a different experience in music (positive or negative) to them and yet still have a personal valid point of view. At Fairmeadows the impact in developing the children’s confidence will also extend into the community by showcasing skills through concerts beyond the classroom.



At Fairmeadows, music is taught throughout the school as a class subject and in a cross-curricular way through key people, songs and technology throughout music history. The aim is to develop each child’s musical potential by giving opportunities for self-expression and creativity.

Instrumental tuition is available to all children. In Key Stage 2, all children will receive tuition from experienced practitioners through The Music Partnership. Children in Year Five and Six can choose to continue musical tuition in school through ukulele lessons and are taught in small groups – parents are required to meet the cost. Those who play instruments are encouraged to utilise their skills in school by joining a school band and playing in concerts. The school choir will also take part in various concerts and events throughout the year.



Musical experiences at Fairmeadows:

  • Games: To understand how pulse, rhythm and pitch work together to create music through Warm-up Games and Flexible Games.
  • Singing: Sing songs/raps together in a group/ensemble.
  • Playing Instruments: Use glocks, recorders or band instruments if appropriate. Learn to play together in a band or ensemble.
  • Improvisation: Learn that improvisation is when you make up your own tune or rhythm. An improvisation is not written down or notated. If written down in any way or recorded, it becomes composition.
  • Composition: Learn that composition is creating rhythms and melodies that are notated or recorded in some way.
  • Musicians: To learn about movers and shakers in classic and modern music.
  • Musical history: Experience and critically review modern and classic forms of music.
  • Music technology: Learn how listening to music has developed through live rendition, phonographic records, tape. Cd, digital and streamed music.
  • E-Safety: To understand that downloading music without paying is illegal and a form of stealing – it could lead to virus’ and aid criminal activity.
  • Music visits: To experience live music through secondary school visits, and professionally performed concerts.
  • School clubs: To further develop skills through learning an instrument.
  • Pupil voice interviews: Pupils to have an active contribution into their Music curriculum.