Curriculum Aims:

At Hadley Wood, we believe music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We believe 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, we encourage them to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination to a wider range of musical pieces and genres.

How we plan for and teach Music:

As a school we use Charanga, a music teaching and learning platform to guide our music lessons. This is because we are non-music specialists and the Charanga scheme provides a basis for class teachers to plan from and meets our curriculum aims.

What is Charanga?

The Charanga Musical Scheme provides teachers with ideas and resources to ensure lessons are practical, exploratory and child-led. Class teachers use ideas from the Scheme of Work as a starting point for lesson planning which are then adapted to meet the needs of their class.  

How are Music lessons delivered?

Each lesson is taught between 45 minutes to one hour and are structured in the following way:

Listen and Appraise: Lessons begin with listening and appraising a song for between 15 and 20 mins. During this time, children listen to a style of music and take part in informed discussions about the song that has been selected.

Musical Activities: Musical activities last for between 20 and 25 minutes. In this time, children learn about dimensions of music through games and activities built around the songs that they are learning about or have listened to. In addition, children learn to confidently sing the core song from their unit using instruments as an accompaniment. As children progress through the unit, they have opportunities to improvise – this is through activities such as changing notes and lyrics. Children also have an opportunity to compose their own musical pieces.

Perform/Share: Each lesson ends with a perform/share which lasts between 10 and 15 minutes. During this section of the lesson, children have the opportunity to share their learning. Teachers use this part of the lesson to record what children have accomplished and this enables them to show progression throughout the unit. At the end of the unit, children take part in a class concert to showcase what they have learned in the unit.

How we evaluate learning in Music:

To capture learning in music, class teachers use video footage to show progress between the first and final session within each unit of work. Class teachers measure impact by assessing children against The Big Question for each unit of work.

On completion of the unit of work, class teachers then use the children’s compositional work, along with the final piece in order to make a judgement as to whether each child is working at developing, expected or exceeding level.