Music Vision

‘A high-quality music education should engage and inspire all pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.


At Fryern, our aim is to provide a music curriculum, which is inclusive and will engage and inspire each child to develop a love of the subject. It will provide them with an understanding of the dimensions of music and the ability to apply them when singing, listening, composing, evaluating and performing. At Fryern, children will be provided with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school and to experience both live and recorded music of outstanding musicians across all genres.


The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is undertaken in classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, termly concerts and performances and the learning of instruments alongside extra-curricular clubs. The dimensions of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Children also experience music in the community through visits to the church and visitors into school.  In order to meet the needs of all children, adaptions to instruments, visual aids, colourful instruments and support with a teacher or LSA can be implemented.

Throughout Fryern Federation, the curriculum is centred around both Hampshire Music schemes of work and planned units which link to the broader curriculum. Through these units, the children learn through exploration and collaboration, the dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre, texture, tempo and structure. Fryern also incorporates the use of technologies, enabling the children to compose and critique their own pieces. This, in turn, allows them opportunities for questioning and reflection on their own and others’ music.

Within EYFS, music is an integral part of children’s learning journey. Rhyme and rhythm are utilised throughout the learning of phonics, handwriting and mathematics. Children learn a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop skills for performing together. Singing and music making opportunities are used frequently to embed learning, develop musical awareness and to demonstrate how music can be used to express feelings.

In Year 2 and 4, every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument each term with a Hampshire music service specialist. Annually, Hampshire music and guest musicians perform live concerts to the whole school.


Music allows students to be inspired by the opportunities that music can provide. The integral nature of music means they access other skills such as: a sense of achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. In Fryern, music also develops an understanding of culture, citizenship and history, individually and as part of the world. Children are able to enjoy and understand music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They have an understanding of how they could take music further as an individual.

The subject leader and senior leadership team monitor history in a variety of ways including work sampling, pupil conferencing and carrying out a learning walk across the school.

The children are exposed to a wide variety of music genres from all cultures and centuries, listening to and discussing a different genre weekly from the Music Year Calendar.

Children learn to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted in this subject. Children are enthused and engaged in the wide variety of music activities.

Opportunities to perform outside of school, within our local environment ensure our children understand its significance and place within the wider world and that these excite and inspire children’s thirst for knowledge and participation in this subject.

Children as Musicians