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St Andrew's Church School

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Subject lead -  Steve Gill

Link governor -  Patrick Weld

Our Curriculum Intent


At St Andrew’s School our vision is to provide a high-quality music education that engages and inspires

pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence,

creativity and sense of achievement.

We use the ‘Charanga Musical School Scheme’ throughout the school. Charanga uses a practical,

exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music weave

through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through

listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national

curriculum for music:

1. Listening and Appraising

2. Musical Activities

1. Warm-up Games

2. Optional Flexible Games

3. Singing

4. Playing instruments

5. Improvisation

6. Composition

3. Performing

Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a

repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different

musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.

The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson are part of the learning spiral. Over time,

children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and

concepts. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning

something new.

Rocksteady Concert - Year 3