The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
At Graveney Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, composing and performing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We do this through the UK’s leading Scheme to teach the National Curriculum for Music ‘Charanga’. Charanga is a scheme that is,
‘passionate about children’s music learning and its potential to help them grow up as kind, curious, and open-minded young people, who are sensitive and knowledgeable about music and the arts.’
In addition, at Graveney we are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum at Graveney ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom through the delivery of our scheme ‘Charanga’ as well as weekly singing assemblies, music lessons from experienced professionals, opportunities to perform music and after-school choir club.
Charanga supports our teachers to deliver music lessons week by week from EYFS to Year 6. In the classroom children will compose and perform using body percussion and vocal sounds as part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument. As our children’s musical skills and experiences develop, they will learn to play a variety of instruments including the recorder and the glockenspiel. In doing so, the children will understand the different principles of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. Children will also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Singing is also an important part of the music curriculum we provide at Graveney. Our children have the opportunity to learn to sing as part of a choir.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme including Charanga and wider opportunities, which allow them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas upon which they might like to improve. The integral nature of music and the learner provides opportunities for the children to access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can partition music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They understand how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever further develop an interest in music in their lives.