Music Curriculum Statement

We make Music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build the confidence of all children.

Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Children are taught how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.

Children participate in weekly singing assemblies as well as having the opportunity to join the school choir once they enter Key Stage 2. The choir performs at several events throughout the year including Young Voices and the Pyramid Music Day. Pupils in Year 3 will learn to play the recorder and in Year 1, the ocarina. Pupils can also choose to learn how to play an instrument taught by the peripatetic teachers.  Year 5 children are taught Samba every week by the Wakefield Music Service.

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” ― Professor Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Musical Elements Covered

Music elements covered in KS1 and KS2 music lessons are:

  • Performing
  • Listening, appraising and responding
  • Composing

We also ensure that correct musical vocabulary is taught.


Our Music Learning

Recorder Club

Children from Years 2-6 have had the opportunity to learn the recorder at Recorder Club!







Samba Lesson

Year 5 during a Samba lesson taught by Wakefield Music Service!







Percussion Instruments

Here are Year 1 exploring tuned percussion instruments!







Young Voices

Each year, Middlestown participates in Young Voices, joining up to 8,000 other pupils in the largest school choir concert in the world!

Children in our school choir, along with Year 3, have the opportunity to travel to Sheffield Arena to join other schools in a workshop and evening performance to family and friends.

This year, we performed alongside MC Grammar and Nandi Bushell, a 13-year-old drummer who left all of our children inspired to be rock stars!






"I like Music because we can sing along and have a joyful time. - Year 3"
"I like singing, playing instruments, changing sounds and making them sound better - it makes me want to dance. - Year 6"
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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