Music at Elburton
The primary goal is to ensure that music is accessible for all children at Elburton Primary. The focus is on creating a highly enjoyable and motivating learning experience that children find rewarding and actively engage with. Integrating music into a well-rounded curriculum enhances the overall quality of a child's education, instilling discipline, boosting self-esteem, inspiring creativity, and helping them set and achieve goals. Teaching music at Elburton Primary aims to nurture, sustain, and celebrate the individual aesthetic and creative potential of every child. It seeks to engage all children and build a skills-based understanding of the core fundamentals of the subject. Elburton Primary School believes that teaching music is a vehicle that not only allows children to use and develop their imagination but also enables them to express a wide range of sentiments and emotions. Additionally, it contributes to raising the school's profile in the community and local vicinity, offering excellent opportunities to all children, regardless of their social backgrounds and academic abilities.
At Elburton, we prioritise offering diverse opportunities for children to engage with and enjoy music. Our overarching goal is not only to develop their musical skills but also to nurture their overall growth, ensuring a deep understanding and appreciation of music from Early Years to Year 6. Here's how we achieve this: Comprehensive Learning: Our curriculum focuses on singing, playing instruments, composing, and appraising. Children explore various musical instruments, historical periods, genres, styles, and traditions. Spiral Approach: Utilizing a spiral learning approach, we revisit key musical concepts across the years. This repetition fosters secure and deep learning, allowing children to progressively master musical skills.
Holistic Development: Through music, we enhance children's confidence, resilience, memory, concentration, creativity, and auditory/oracy skills.
Singing at the Core: Singing is central to our music teaching. We emphasise singing in tune and in harmony, using it as a tool to teach the structure and organization of music.
Body Movement: Musical concepts are taught through body movement, enhancing expressiveness and deepening their understanding of the music.
Assemblies and Choir: Weekly singing assemblies expose children to diverse music genres, providing a platform for performance and appreciation. Our school choir and instrumental lessons further enrich their musical experiences.
Specialist Lessons: Year 6 receives ukulele lessons, and Year 5 has Djembe lessons from a specialist teacher. Private lessons for guitar and keyboard are also available.
Performance Opportunities: Throughout the year, children showcase their musical talents in concerts, assemblies, and shows, celebrating their growth and achievements.
Our approach aims to instil a love of music in every child, laying the foundation for continued musical exploration and enjoyment throughout their lives.
Our children not only find joy in music but also comprehend the "why" behind their musical activities, not just the "how." Progressing independently and collaboratively from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Year 6, they will develop their understanding, appreciation, and musicianship.
By working both individually and in groups, children will not only express their opinions, judgments, and emotions about music, including their own compositions and those of others, but they will also enhance their ability to compose with greater skill and creativity. As a result, their performances will become more expressive and confident, and their instrumental proficiency will improve in terms of fluency and coherence.
Throughout this journey, the children will grasp the broader values of music, integrating them into their personal well-being and recognizing the impact of music in the creative and cultural industries. They will gain insight into the multitude of career opportunities within these fields. This comprehensive approach aims to foster a deep and holistic understanding of music that extends beyond technical skills to encompass personal development and a broader understanding of cultural and professional contexts.
Music and Performing Arts Lead: Mrs Phillips
Mrs Emma Phillips

Music Lead

Mrs Helen Poole

Music Deputy Lead