Since 2019-2020 we have adopted the scheme Charanga to support and improve the quality of music teaching that children receive at our school. Charanga works seamlessly with the national curriculum ensuring that learners revisit the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, voice, pitch and rhythm- building upon previous learning and skills. The learning within this Scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising, Musical Activities, creating and exploring and singing and performing.
Music is taught as a separate subject, but links may be made to other learning such as the children’s topic work for that term. All learners from EYFS to Y6 receive a weekly music lesson supported by Charanga. KS2 learners are taught music for approximately 1 hour a week and Key stage 1 for 30 minutes a week.
The Charanga music scheme allows children to experience a new topic and style of music every half term. Due to use being a 1 form entry school with mixed age classes, we have adopted the Charanga scheme and created a 2 year rolling plan so that children still receive the same level of music teaching and experience all the units of learning. These lessons provide children with the opportunity to listen and respond to different styles of music, use their voices and instruments to listen and sing back and have a go at composing their own piece of music. The lessons are planned so that each year children follow on from the learning they completed the previous year and clear progression is evident across the school.
In addition to the taught music curriculum learners listen to a range of music styles and genres in assembly, as well as having a singing assembly every week.
In Year 3 and 4 children learn a musical instrument. This is something that is additional to their weekly charanga lesson and is provided by the music partnership. Children spend the first few weeks learning about the instrument they are going to play and also have a chance to practice the notes and rhythm. After those first few weeks children are then provided with a musical instrument that they loan for the whole year, this allows children to take the instrument home and practice. Year 3 and 4 children also have the opportunity to perform for teachers and families in both Spring and Summer. This year the children are having brass tuition which commences WC November 2nd.
In Key Stage 2 children can also enjoy a trip to Young Voices. Children taking part in YV have the opportunity to perform in some of the world’s greatest arenas alongside incredible artists. To achieve this with all their school friends around them for support, it helps their self-belief, self-motivation, confidence, and ability to communicate as part of a team - which is invaluable! Young Voices provide online resources so that children can practise at home to support the rehearsals they are doing in school. Their songs are selected from a wide range of music styles to give the children the widest learning experience possible. The Young Voices experience is not simply a children’s choir concert, these are the largest children’s choir concert's in the world. Choirs will perform alongside 5,000-8,000 other children as a single choir to capacity audiences of family and friends.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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