At Grinling Gibbons we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication which can change the way pupils feel, think and act. We believe that a high-quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.


Music has the potential to spark a child’s imagination, and to help develop self-confidence and creativity.  It can also give children the tools to express themselves in different ways.

Here at The Phoenix Federation, we want to foster in our children, a life-long love of music, and to help them understand and accept the important role that music plays in all our lives.

Through our music curriculum, we aim to help children develop transferable skills such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, in addition to presentation and performance skills.  These skills are vital to children’s development as learners, as they will be able to apply them across the curriculum, as well as in their general lives outside and beyond school.


Our curriculum focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners.

It also introduces children to music from all around the world, and teaches them to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.

In line with our Tackling Race Inequality in Education Pledge, we are embedding race equality into our listening programme, in order to ensure that all our children see themselves and their families reflected in the music they study.

Our main teaching resource is Kapow because it offers:

  • a comprehensive scheme of topic-based units of work
  • easy-to-follow lesson plans which cover the skills that children need to learn
  • CPD videos for teachers to watch before teaching each lesson

Children in KS1 follow a different unit of work from the programme every half term.

In KS2, all children have the opportunity to learn an instrument: recorders in Years 3 and 4, and Steel Pans in Years 5 and 6.  They have a weekly lesson taught by an expert in that instrument, and wherever possible, they perform what they have learnt to an audience.

In the summer term, KS2 children also follow a Kapow unit of work, to ensure that they cover the composition and improvisation aspects of music learning, as we prepare to celebrate our end of year Carnival.

All classes from Years 1 – 6, have a singing session every week.


Ongoing assessment activities are built into each Kapow topic, and music specialists assess and record children’s attainment against the key skills being taught.

By the time our children leave The Federation, we want them to:

  • have a genuine enthusiasm for singing and music, and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences
  • be confident composers and performers who can express themselves musically
    show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world, and understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social, and historical contexts in which it is developed
  • understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities
  • meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the music national curriculum

Please view the Grinling Gibbons Music Skills and Music Topic Overview below.

Student enjoying her violin lesson
children enjoying a music class
Focused on violin lesson
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John Williams Movie Composer

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If you would like a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

Grinling Vision

Aspirational, Brave, Compassionate, Determined and Enlightened are the anchors of our life at Grinling Gibbons Primary School

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