“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.” (DfE National Curriculum in England: Music, 2013)
At Wheatfield Primary School, in order to ensure our children develop a passion and curiosity for music, they are taught using the Charanga curriculum for learning to ensure that children have access to quality music lessons planned for by experts. At Wheatfield Primary School we understand the importance of having music in our lives. Creating, performing and listening to music, makes us feel good and supports our emotional well-being and development.
At Wheatfield Primary School we want to ensure that children have access to subject rich Music lessons which gives them the opportunity to participate in a variety of different musical activities including using their voices to sing; and using tuned and untuned instruments. Children will be exposed to a range of different musical styles and encouraged to share their opinions about different pieces of music. They will be able to name a variety of different untuned instruments and begin to create and compose their own music in different styles. They will be confident when performing musically in front of
Charanga provides a fun, modern way of teaching music for children to enjoy. It also allows staff to teach music confidently and covers all areas of the National Curriculum for music. Lessons take a holistic approach to music, where individual strands are woven together. The Charanga Curriculum ensures that all children across the school are being developed in the following musical skills:
Listening and Appraising
Musician instrument practise
The Charnage Musical scheme allows music to be taught through different genres of music, which is tailored to the age and stage of the year group being taught. It covers all areas of the national curriculum ensuring that learners revisit the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, voice, pitch and rhythm- building up one previous learning skills.
To enhance the music curriculum within the school there is opportunity for children to join an extra curricular singing club where children learn songs and perform at a range of events. This is run in preparation for the out of school events. We also offer opportunities for children to have music instrument lessons on a 1:1 basis with expert musical teachers.
The expected impact of following the Charanga Primary Music curriculum is that children will:
Be confident performers, composers and listeners and will be able to express themselves musically at and beyond school.
Show an appreciation and respect for a wide range of musical styles from around the world and will understand how music is influenced by the wider cultural, social, and historical contexts in which it is developed.
Understand the ways in which music can be written down to support performing and composing activities.
Demonstrate and articulate an enthusiasm for music and be able to identify their own personal musical preferences.
Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Music.
Children in the EYFS also take part in weekly charanga lessons, which build the foundations for their next stages in learning. They have a chance to explore making sounds and using instruments in their independent learning. They are encouraged to create dances, songs and role-play led by their own interests. Children have independent access to pens, paper, paints, scissors etc so they can have ownership of their own resources and creations.
Music Learning Journal
We hope you enjoy exploring some of our learning journals.
Music Lead - Mr Partridge