Governors' Area


Music Intent Statement

At Thurlby Community Primary Academy, we aim to develop children’s curiosity and passion for music, an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music and an unbiased respect for the role that it may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. 

"Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education 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 the best in the musical canon.” National Curriculum Music (2014)

At Thurlby, we use ‘Musician of the Month’ (produced by Manic Street Teachers) in our assemblies which is aimed at creating a culture of musical appreciation and understanding within our school. Musician of the Month focus on a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music, carefully drawn from different traditions, composers and musicians. 

“Here at Manic Street Teachers, we are passionate about giving children access to a broad and balanced music curriculum. Part of this is in the appreciation and understanding of a range of music styles and traditions from around the world. We believe in the value of letting children explore the world of music and therefore the world itself."
Matt Dix (CEO Manic Street Teachers)


Brings cultural capital directly into school

Our 6-year cycle covers classical composers, popular music and musical traditions, with links to the wider curriculum. 

Uses purposeful and engaging resources

Each month our resources include display posters, assemblies, knowledge organisers, quizzes, videos, activities, extra learning opportunities and book suggestions.

Promotes equality and diversity

We've linked our musicians to the Equality Act to encourage respect and so every child sees themselves and others as a potential musician. Check out our rationale here.