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This page provides details about what Music looks like at Crayke Primary. It includes our Intent Statement, our coverage and progression document and our “jigsaw” explaining how teaching and learning in Music links to our four core values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect and Determination.

The Music Subject Leader is: Mrs Jackson.

EXCITING NEWS….2023/2024 is the Year of Music at Crayke… Sing Education specialist teachers are delivering music lessons to Years 1-6 weekly, supplemented by a lunchtime choir and an after-school ensemble club. 

Details relating to Coverage and Progression in this subject can be found here: 


Music NC Programme of Study

Ensuring access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, based upon and framed by our school values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness, is at the heart of Crayke’s provision…


The fundamental aim of Crayke Church of England Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations; creating citizens of the future who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. This aligns with our school vision which strives to enable children to “Follow your pathway and grow together with confidence.”

Music intent:

At Crayke Primary School, we are dedicated to providing an enriching and comprehensive music education that instils a lifelong passion for music in our students. Our music curriculum is carefully crafted to foster creativity, nurture talent, and develop a deep understanding of music across various cultures and genres.  We aim to empower every student to express themselves through music, building their confidence, teamwork, and self-expression.
Our intent is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and cultural awareness necessary to appreciate and engage with music in a meaningful way. We aspire to cultivate well-rounded musicians who can sing, play, compose, and perform with proficiency and enthusiasm. Through our music curriculum, we seek to instil in our students a sense of curiosity, an appreciation for diverse musical traditions, and the ability to connect emotionally with music.  Aligned with the Development Matters and the Model Music Curriculum, our curriculum is designed to provide a sequential and coherent music education. It aims to ensure that every student, regardless of background or prior experience, has access to a rich and varied musical education. We believe that music is an essential part of a well-rounded education, contributing to students’ intellectual, emotional, and social development.

Being a Crayke Musician means that pupils learn:

  • A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
  • A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
  • Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
  • The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
  • A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

It is our aim at Crayke that music lessons are engaging and inspiring.  We strive to develop a love of music and to nurture musical talent.

Meeting National Curriculum requirements, we deliver a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. Crayke engages all learning styles using a variety of resources which support the teaching of the curriculum. The wider learning culture is promoted through our school values of ‘Determination, Respect, Friendship and Forgiveness’ and through a culture of our aspirational ‘Crayke Growth Mindset’.


The EYFS Curriculum for Expressive Arts and Design is taught in a variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks and child initiated learning in well resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors.

KS1 & KS2:

To realise our music curriculum’s intent, we have partnered with Sing Education, a specialist provider of music education. Our curriculum is thoughtfully structured with half-termly units, each building upon the foundation of prior learning while introducing new concepts and challenges. This scaffolded approach ensures a logical progression of skills and knowledge, enabling students to consolidate, expand, and refine their musical abilities.
The Kodaly method, integral to our curriculum, ensures that musical concepts are presented systematically and aligned with students’ prior experiences. Our specialist music teachers facilitate
lessons that are child-centred, inclusive, and foster a love for singing. These lessons are enriched with high-quality resources, instruments, and dedicated spaces for music within our school.
Regular performances and recordings at the end of each half term provide students with opportunities to showcase their musical growth and articulate their learning journey. We also offer extracurricular activities, such as a lunchtime choir, after-school ensemble music club and “Singing through Worship” weekly as a school, to further immerse students in the joy of music.
To enhance our curriculum, students have access to Sing Education’s online resources, which complement our in-class learning and offer flexibility in engaging with music.

Additionally, an increasing number of our students opt for small group and one-to-one private tuition to receive personalised instruction.  Through our comprehensive music curriculum, we aim to nurture confident, skilled, and culturally aware musicians who are well-prepared for a lifelong journey of musical exploration and expression. Our curriculum aligns with the Model Music Curriculum’s principles, ensuring that students receive a high-quality, balanced, and inclusive music education.

Children are given the opportunity to be involved in musical performances during their time at Crayke.  Children in Reception and Year 1/2 participate in an annual Nativity. Year 5/6 children have the opportunity to participate in Young Voices in the Spring term and Key Stage 2 children take part in a show at the end of the Summer Term.  Children have the opportunity to learn a range of musical instruments in school with peripatetic teachers.  This includes violin and piano.

Music appreciation is promoted during Collective Worship where a range of music genre are played and discussed. We use resources from Musician of the Month to deliver this.


Music impact:

Impact will be measured by assessing through ‘Insight pupil tracking’ as:

  • Below
  • Just below
  • On track

Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It’s just shifting within the spiral. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new.

Crayke musicians will be able to demonstrate the essential characteristics of musicians detailed in the Intent section above.

All musical learning in this scheme is built around the Interrelated Dimensions of Music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. These dimensions are at the centre of all the learning.

They will use the school Christian values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness to drive their Music attainment and show progress against the ‘Charanga’ knowledge and skills statements alongside demonstrating aspiration, confidence, independence as they develop in to citizens of the future.