Music - Charanga
At Lanivet Primary School, we recognise that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music is a very important part of all our lives. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal music, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases selfdiscipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
At Lanivet Primary School, we have a creative approach throughout school with regards to the delivery of the music curriculum. Charanga Musical School enables 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.
An integrated approach to musical learning means that the whole experience is important and children are learning music through a range of activities, including:
- Listening and appraising
- Musical activities
- Performing and sharing
We meet National Curriculum expectations for music through our use of Charanga Music Scheme.
At Foundation Stage children will sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs, begin to move to music and explore sounds through listening and simple music making.
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
use and understand staff and other musical notations
appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
develop an understanding of the history of music
Musical learning is built around the ‘Interrelated Dimensions of Music’: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation. These dimensions are at the centre of all the learning. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established ones.
Every child is given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
We provide the children with the opportunity to perform and share their music skills with each other and other classes. Performances seen in celebration events and concerts held at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Year 6 end of year production, show that music is an important part of school life.
Our music is also used to promote positive behaviours and an understanding of the world around us. Not only does Charanga develop their singing skills but also an understanding of how ensembles work.
Children’s talents and interests in music are also fostered and developed by providing further opportunities for personal progression via small group instrumental tuition at Lanivet Primary.
The musical journey of children at Lanivet Primary school and the experiences we offer, will engage and inspire pupils to have a love and appreciation of music. The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. It brings together intellect, feelings, individual personalities and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others whilst also creating important links between the home, school and the wider world. By encouraging the enjoyment and engagement in music, children will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to fulfil their potential. We endeavour to provide guidance and further opportunities to support them in their next steps