Our Music curriculum enables our children to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide range of historical periods, styles, traditions and genres. Pupils will develop a curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject and will be able to reflect, express and develop their own appreciation of music. Our curriculum aim is to ensure that pupils have sufficient understanding and language of the dimension of music (tempo, timbre and pitch) and can use these to discuss and appreciate a range of musical pieces. Pupils will understand the importance of music in the wider community and British culture and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts. Through assemblies, concerts and year group performances, children can express their emotions and showcase their understanding of how to perform with an awareness of others.
Our Music curriculum follows a scheme of work from Charanga, which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year group and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. By using Charanga as a scheme of work, we can ensure that children are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum. Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning. Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole-body actions, as well as learning how to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and other’s music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose, and perform.