At Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences which are then explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities which enable understanding of the context and genre. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Teaching and Learning
We use the ‘Charanga Music School’ scheme of work. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development. By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that they 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, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music through a range of whole class, group and individual activities.
At Holy Trinity, music is taught through a knowledge-led approach. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term plans map out the subject content and music skills covered for each half term, for each key stage. These plans define what knowledge will be taught and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across the primary phase.
Our main priority at Holy Trinity is to teach and perfect the skills implemented by the National Curriculum for Music. Our music curriculum is based on the Charanga Musical School scheme of work which facilitates and encourages an exploration of music by both the teacher and child. Through Charanga the interrelated dimensions of music are explored through: listening and appraising, games, singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing and performing. Every year groups’ musical learning is supported through the use of glockenspiels. Each KS2 class, also has the opportunity to join the school choir.