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.

Statement of Intent and details of our Music curriculum

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.