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Music Intent


“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”

Jane Swan

At Colburn we intend to make music and enjoyable and inspiring learning experience. We aim to engage, motivate 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.


The music use encourages children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our music curriculum draws on a range of musical genres from across different ages and cultures, helping children to develop the cultural capital needed to support their development within an ever changing global community, as well as an understanding of the role music plays within society.

Children are involved in the creative processes of listening, appraising and performing and are helped to develop their understanding of language to help them to explore the dimensions of music (tempo, timbre, pitch). Each year group puts on musical performances at varying points through the year and children also enjoy performances from visiting musicians.


In Key Stage 2 children develop and understanding of musical notation, and begin to use it within their own creative processes.


Long Term Curriculum Plan 2021 Music


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Old School Hip-Hop

How pulse, rhythm and pitch work together

Afropop, South African    

South African music


RnB and other styles  



ABBA’s   music  



Rock Anthems 


Pop/Neo Soul  

Being happy!  


Pulse, rhythm and pitch, rapping, dancing and singing

Rapping  and improvising for Christmas festivals and Christmas 


Glockenspiel  Stage 1 


Exploring and developing playing skills 


Glockenspiel   2  

Mixed   styles  

Exploring and developing playing skills using the glockenspiel  

Bossa Nova and  Swing  

Jazz and improvisation 


Bacharach   and   Blues  

Jazz, improvisation and composition  



Blues, Baroque,  Latin, Bhangra, Folk,  Funk 

How to be in the groove with different styles of music


Playing together in a band 




Reggae and animals  

the language of music  



Writing lyrics linked to a theme  



Pop ballads 

Classical   or   Urban   Gospel  

Benjamin Britten’s  music and cover versions  

Bossa Nova

Pulse rhythm and pitch in different styles of music


Reggae and animals 

A Pop song that tells a  story 

Music from around the world, celebrating our differences and being kind to one another 


Soul/Gospel music   and helping one another  


Old School Hip-Hop 

Learning to rap


70s Ballad/Pop  

The music of   Carole King   




Using your imagination


A song about being friends


Disco, friendship, hope and unity 


The Beatles/Pop    

The Beatles, equality and civil rights  



Exploring Motown  


Music and Me  

Create your own music inspired by your identity and women in the music industry  


The history of music, look back and consolidate your learning, learn some of the language of music


The history of  music, look back  and consolidate  your learning, learn  some of the  language of music


The history of  music, look back  and consolidate  your learning,  learn some of the  language of music


The   history   of   music,   look   back   and   consolidate   your   learning,   learn   some   of   the   language   of   music   


The history of  music, look back  and consolidate  your learning,  learn some of the  language of  music  


The history of   music, look   back and consolidate   your learning,   learn some of   the language

Colburn Orchestra-Y4 performed to their parents, after having a term of lessons. They performed music from Star Wars, Baby Shark and Harry Potter!

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Samba Bamba comes to Colburn school. Our children are enjoying playing and dancing to the Samba beat!

Colburn School Choir performance to parents

Listen to our school choir

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Y4 children enjoying their music lessons

Colburn School Choir perform to the community at Christmas 2021

Due to Covid, this year was a little different.  Three year groups took part in differentiated jazz workshops, learning about tempo, rhythms and different instruments. 

Sowerby Music Visit - February 2020