Charanga Music Curriculum
Music at Richmond Hill Primary Academy
Approach to teaching music
Music makes an important contribution to the life of every school and should be celebrated, promoted and encouraged. It helps build pupils’ self-esteem and self-discipline and leads to higher standards across the curriculum. Research clearly demonstrates the cognitive benefits that music gives young children particularly in Key Stage 1, suggesting music can support the development of literacy, numeracy and listening skills. The Department for Education has stated that a high-quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills as well as improve academic achievement across the curriculum.
At Richmond Hill Primary Academy, we have engaged and invested in an award-winning programme that provides high quality, consistent music education throughout school. Charanga Musical School is a world-leading music teaching and learning platform, which is recognised internationally as promoting a modern and vibrant class music programme across the whole school that supports all the requirements of the national curriculum and underpins Ofsted’s wish to see continuous genuine music making.
As professionals we are all highly committed to embedding our core CARE values; Collaboration, Aspiration, Resilience & Endeavour, we strive to ensure that our pupils become active, collaborative and resilient learners. Our aim is to ensure all children are provided with a music curriculum that creates opportunities to be creative and expressive with the skills and knowledge they develop. Encouraging creativity teaches children some of the most important life skills such as problem solving, empathy, communication, responsibility, commitment and dedication, as well as discipline. At Richmond Hill our passion is to provide a safe environment where children can succeed in the future, be inventive, resourceful and imaginative, and arts education supports this.
Charanga Musical School
The Scheme provides assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting resources to support every lesson. In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme adopts an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. 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.
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.
The strands of musical learning 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. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new.
The diagram above 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.
All musical learning in this scheme 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.
Further information on the research conducted into the benefits of music education can be found at:
Mrs K W Elmore
Class Teacher and Music Subject Leader Richmond Hill Primary Academy