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The Norwood School



Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our curriculum should 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 should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a wide range of different styles of music.


Big Ideas


  • Creativity
  • Independance
  • Confidence
  • Tenacity
  • Performing as an ensemble


  • Music Technology
  • Working in a group
  • Music Theory


  • Music Theory
  • Knowledge of Musical history
  • Open Mindedness

Key Principles

  • Inclusive – everyone takes part at their own level
  • Absorbing – learning is practical and hands-on
  • Relevant – starts with music that learners engage and identify with
  • Sociable – it is collaborative and with friends
  • Pupil focussed – led by learners with teachers/leaders modelling, guiding, supporting
  • Varied – learners perform, listen, compose, improvise, work on a range of instruments and voices, use technology, explore a range of genres and styles
  • Progressive – music learning experiences are high quality, authentic where possible, and with clear progression routes
  • Respectful – all learners, no matter what their ability or experience, are treated as musicians, and are supported to learn and develop (adapted from Musical Futures)