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Music at Highgate Primary School

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.

At Highgate Primary School our music education is planned to 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 develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

The school follows the National Curriculum for Music which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others
  • have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


Music Teaching

At Highgate primary, all children have a weekly music lesson which is usually taught by our specialist music teacher, Hilla Moshenson. In Year 2 children are taught to play the recorder and in Year 4, all children are given the opportunity to learn a second instrument through the Whole Class Music Tuition Scheme. Many children have additional opportunities to learn an instrument within lessons taught by visiting music teachers through Haringey Music.

Beyond the formal music curriculum, music plays an important part in the life of the school. All children listen to music within the school day and sing regularly within music assemblies, class performances and whole school concerts. Many children have additional opportunities to sing communally within our school choirs and perform their instruments within our programme of music concerts.


The Music Curriculum

Our music curriculum is broken down into half-termly units as follows:

Nursery Music Curriculum

Reception Music Curriculum

Year 1 Music Curriculum

Year 2 Music Curriculum

Year 3 Music Curriculum

Year 4 Music Curriculum

Year 5 Music Curriculum

Year 6 Music Curriculum


Supporting Children with SEND

How we support children with SEN or disabilities in Music