Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay


 From the moment our youngest children enter school, they are captivated by our music learning and opportunities. We are committed to high quality music provision and provide a diverse range of musical experiences and children learn to appreciate music in all its different forms. We aim to develop musical curiosity, self confidence and creativity of all children. We aim that children have a broad understanding of music around the world and how this is embedded in different cultures. 


Our curriculum is guided by the following academic fingerprint:

  • Listen and critically engage with live and recorded music (from a range of styles and historical eras), commenting on it using age-appropriate music vocabulary.
  • Sing with confidence, engagement, and authority
  • Improvise and write music using tuned and untuned instruments
  • Play and perform both solo and in groups (voice and instruments.)
  • Instill a love for music in all pupils
  • Follow simple graphic scores and begin to understand and use musical notation


We have carefully designed a knowledge rich curriculum, underpinned by a progression of skills. The knowledge and skills build incrementally so that by the end of Key Stage 2 children know, understand and apply the subject content specified in the Programme of Study for Music.


How Music is taught:

  • The teaching of music at Knayton is through the use of a specialist music teacher working across school.
  • In EYFS, children have opportunities to access music provision through a play based approach.
  • Music is taught through a progressive and innovative curriculum, that builds on children's prior knowledge and skills.
  • Teaching that focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives.
  • Having the highest expectations of our children. This enables them to explore technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm.
  • Providing all children with opportunities to perform in front of their peers and wider audiences, enabling children to feel connected to music and each other. Nurture and positive relationships enable children to take risks in their learning, developing confidence and expertise.
  • Creative and innovative teaching, which allows all children to have an opportunity to access high quality music and singing lessons with a specialist music teacher


Our music curriculum:

  • Ensures children achieve their absolute potential by having the highest expectations of their learning 
  • Allows children to confidently ask questions and extend their knowledge of music
  • Children develop control over the use of the voice
  • Encourages children to explore and learn how to play instruments 
  • Leaves children feeling confident and fulfilled following achievement and participation in music and performance 


Our 'Opportunities Pledge' ensures that children have the opportunity to:

  • Perform in the Young Voices choir
  • Join our 'Knayton choir'
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Perform in productions 
  • Participate in music and choir after school clubs
  • Listen to live music and complete workshops through 'Sowerby Music'
  • Weekly singing in collective worships 


Please click here to see our music curriculum.


Here's what our children say:

"Mrs Watkinson brings in lots of different instruments for us to have a go with" 

"I love getting to perform on the stage at Christmas and at the end of the year when we do the production".

"I loved going to London to see a musical!"

"It was amazing to be part of Young Voices!"