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Biggin Hill School, Bromley


Curriculum Intent

At Biggin Hill Primary the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres.

We enable all young people, whatever their circumstances or ability, to participate within and enjoy music and to enable all young people to develop and achieve in line with their age and potential.

We will ensure that children are equipped with the musical knowledge, skills and experience needed to be ready for secondary school musical opportunities.


Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as offer an exposure to a wide variety of music and cultures. We want to promote an unbiased respect and love for the subject and the role music can play in people’s lives. Our aim is to develop its value and show its importance in the wider community.

We provide a high-quality music education that will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Music is taught through the use of an interactive, online programme called Charanga. Resources are provided and each unit is based upon a song. Children learn a key song and use this to develop their knowledge. They learn to practise, perform, compose and evaluate their own work. Where possible music is also taught by incorporating it into the creative curriculum, through Music afternoons, class assemblies, singing assemblies and concerts. Children have access to a wide variety of tuned and untuned instruments.

We provide recorder lessons for year 3 and run several ensembles which include an ocarina group and a keyboard group.

Instrumental music lessons are available for all children, in small groups or individually, covering a wide range of instruments.

We also have two inclusive choirs; one for years 1,2 and 3 and another for years 4, 5 and 6. We have opportunities to perform throughout the school year, including The O2, The Glades Bromley and many more.

Music in Reception Unit overview KS1 Curriculum Overview KS2 Curriculum Overview Progression of Skills The Interrelated Dimensions of Music

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