Music is a unique form of communication that can inspire and motivate our children. It helps the children develop personally and provides opportunities for personal expression. Music is powerful in bringing children together in a creative and enjoyable way that helps them feel part of a community. Music promotes children’s spiritual, cultural and social development as well as contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

At St Margaret’s we use the ‘Charanga Music School’ scheme of work which supports all of the requirements of the National Curriculum and gives children access to a wide range of musical concepts and experiences. The Charanga scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non- specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson.

Two key documents set out our curriculum design for Music.

  1. Our Music progression map shows the key knowledge and skills that our children should acquire each year, with a clear sequence of learning that builds year on year, across Key Stage 2.
  2. A long-term plan of topics for each year group.

Children also have the opportunity to sing in the school choir, join the orchestra or recorder group and perform at local community events. Peripatetic music specialists offer a variety of instrumental lessons, which are available to all children and take place during lunchtime sessions.

Each child in Year 4 learns to play a brass instrument in music lessons, delivered by a peripatetic teacher and paid for by parents.

Successful participation in music develops pupils’ self esteem, confidence and learning skills. It promotes teamwork, turn-taking, sense of leadership and allows cross-curricular learning.

Please see our curriculum plans below.