At Shiphay Learning Academy, all children, regardless of need or barrier, are musicians. They are given the opportunity to develop their musical skills regularly, rather than in blocks. Music is valued for its own benefits. Our children progress from EYFS, developing skills and knowledge throughout Key Stage One and Two. Music is inclusive and all children participate in the lessons. We ensure that musicianship skills are continually developed through all of our music lessons, but ensure a broad experience in genre and instrumentation.


 The curriculum is designed around these key themes: 


  • Musicianship skills
  • Composing
  • Performing
  • Instrumental skills
  • Vocal skills


The curriculum is designed around these key strands: 


  • Solo and ensemble performance
  • Vocal and instrumental skills
  • Composing
  • Listening and appraising


Working on all these interweaving skills allows children to develop as well-rounded musicians, able to improve their own and others’ work.


Implementation - what does music learning look like at Shiphay Learning Academy? 


  • experience a range of instruments, from untuned percussion and glockenspiels, to recorders and clarinets and the ukulele
  • exposure to authentic, professional musicians within school (Year 4 whole class clarinets) and within wider opportunities, such as seeing the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design  
  • know about composers within different genres of music, such as film music, the Western Classical tradition, popular music and Global music