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“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.”  – Yo-Yo Ma 


“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”  – Plato 

Music Vision Statement

Developing musicality, creativity and harmony to inspire the musicians of a culturally literate and inclusive future.   




Music is a subject like no other. At Botley School, pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Pupils will participate in a variety of musical experiences and will develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians.  By doing so, they will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.  

Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music from a culturally diverse cannon. Pupils will be taught technical vocabulary for the interrelated dimensions of music such as dynamics, pitch, beat, rhythm and timbre and will be encouraged to discuss music using these terms. 

Children will develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives.  

Pupils will develop their cultural capital by experiencing music from different societies and periods of history providing cross curricular links that support knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.  

Song will be used to support knowledge acquisition and the embedding of key concepts in their long term memory.  

The participation in music will inherently underpin the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. 

Music Progression Map

Music in the Early Years