It is our intent that we provide high quality music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music should be an enjoyable, challenging but achievable learning experience and we encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the creativity and confidence of all children.
At St Stephen Churchtown we use The Charanga Musical School Scheme. The Charanga scheme of work is used from Year R - 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers.
The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.
Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Music Curriculum.
In Nursery, children will learn a range of familiar rhymes and songs, including simple counting songs. Pupils will initiate movement linked to music and begin to be able to move rhythmically.
In Reception, children learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs. They learn to play some instruments and treat them with respect. Children can create a range of music using their voices and body percussion.
In Year 1, children develop their understanding of music and learn that all music has a steady pulse/beat. They enjoy moving to music in different ways. Children will learn to play some of the instruments and know the names for the instruments they play.
In Year 2, children will learn to play a musical instrument in time with a steady beat or piece of music. Children will begin to explore pitch within their own voices and using the instruments. Performance will form part of the music curriculum and children will be given opportunities to perform a final piece.
In Year 3, children will develop their ability to improvise and generate their own tunes. Children will be able to confidently identify and move to the pulse and think about what the words of a song mean. They will take it in turn to discuss how the song makes them feel as well as listen carefully and respectfully to other people’s thoughts about the music.
In Year 4, children will develop their ability to show musical leadership: creating musical ideas for the group to copy or respond to. Pupils will have opportunities to talk about the music and how it makes them feel, listening carefully and respectfully to other people’s thoughts about the music. Pupils will also begin to explore the texture of music and how a soloist makes a thinner texture than a larger group or choir.
In Year 5, pupils will think about the message of songs. They will compare two songs in the same style, talking about what stands out musically in each of them, their similarities and differences. Children will be able to discuss how pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture and structure work together and how they connect in a song
In Year 6, children will learn about the style of the songs so you can represent the feeling and context to your audience. By the end of year 6, children will know and be able to talk about musical notation:
- Different ways of writing music down – e.g. staff notation, symbols
- The notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B + C on the treble stave
The Wider Curriculum
Many pupils enjoy a weekly session with Rocksteady. This is a great opportunity to play an instrument within a band.
Further information can be found through contacting the school office:
Useful websites for Pupils and Parents/Carers
Please see the below documents for more information: