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.
As a school we use Charanga, a music teaching and learning platform to guide our music lessons.
What is Charanga?
The Charanga Musical Scheme provides teachers with ideas and resources to ensure lessons are practical, exploratory and child-led. We have integrated Charanga into our curriculum as it is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, clear progression and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.
How do lessons work?
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 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.
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.