At Hardwick Primary we believe that music is a universal language, which is inclusive and accessible for all.

We aim to develop and inspire all children to be able to perform, compose, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of genres styles and traditions; through this they develop an understanding and empathy of cultures, context, time and place. They will develop transferable skills such as collaboration, presentation, independence, concentration, and nurturing working memory both in the classroom and beyond.

We aim to do this in a practical and engaging way, with every child having opportunities to perform, use technology and listen to recorded and live music.  Through the Charanga music curriculum, all pupils will be given a platform to express their creativity and individuality, whilst supporting their confidence, well-being and mindfulness through an expressive output.

We aim for all children to appreciate and understand the importance of music whilst broadening their horizons.

To help achieve this, every child in Year 4 learns to play a musical instrument through Suffolk County Music. Past instruments include the cornet, French Horn, guitar, flute, clarinet and percussion. Children then have the opportunity to ‘play on’ their instrument in Years 5 and 6. We also work with ‘Rock Steady’, where children from Ks1 and Ks2 learn to play electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums and singing by playing in a band. Singing assembly and the school choir are very popular with the children.

Charanga Musical School Curriculum Overview

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.

How the scheme is structured

Each Unit of Work focuses on the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities – All activities are based around a song

a. Warm-up Games – embed the Interrelated Dimensions of Music through repetition

b. Optional Flexible Games

c. Singing – is at the heart of all the musical learning.

d. Playing instruments – instruments with the song to be learnt – tuned/un-tuned classroom percussion and an option to play any band instrument. A sound-before-symbol approach is used but scores are provided as an understanding of notation is introduced to the children.

e. Improvisation – with the song using voices and instruments occurs in some Units of Work.

f. Composition – with the song using instruments occurs in some Units of Work.

3. Performing – Share what has taken place during the lesson and work towards performing to an audience.

Mastery in Music Lessons

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 teacher, is able to plan and provide the opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills.

Long Term Overview of Charanga Music:

Knowledge & Skills

Musical Progression

The musical progression through KS1 and KS2 is demonstrated in the documents below. The
instrumental work is differentiated allowing children to move through the relevant parts as they
need to. An integrated approach to musical learning means that the whole musical experience is important, children are learning music through these activities.

Learning Progression in Music

The diagram below depicts the depth of learning that occurs as the children move through the year groups. As they progress, the colour deepens and the learning widens.