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Concord Junior School

Music

Our Music Intent

At Concord, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and opportunities to connect with others.   We aim to foster a love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music.  By listening and responding to different musical styles; finding their voices as singers; building their confidence as performers and using their creativity as composers, we will provide them with the skills they need to become confident, reflective musicians. 

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.  (The National Curriculum)

How the Scheme is structured

At Concord, we teach music using the Charanga Scheme.   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. 

Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, 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.