Music teaching at Sandhurst Primary School aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. At Sandhurst we believe that enjoyment of music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies and key stage performances, children aim high to demonstrate their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others. They are also able to show their kindness to others by sharing their musical talents with the local community.

Lessons enable children to challenge and develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of music and begin to appraise a range of musical genres.

The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
  • Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, cultures, styles and traditions.
  • Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
  • Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
  • Use a range of musical language.
  • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
  • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.

All children have access to music regardless of their academic ability, race, ethnicity, background and language. SEND pupils are actively encouraged to participate fully as music is often an area of the curriculum which allows them to excel. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.

We are also proud to be recognised as a Music Mark school for our commitment to providing high quality music lessons throughout the school.

Music in the EYFS

Within the EYFS setting, music is an integral part of children’s learning journey. Rhyme and rhythm are utilised throughout the learning of phonics, handwriting and mathematics. Children learn a wide range of songs and rhymes and develop skills for performing together. Singing and music making opportunities are used frequently to embed learning, develop musical awareness and to demonstrate how music can be used to express feelings.

Implementation in KS1 and KS2

Music teaching at Sandhurst Primary School delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through use of the Charanga scheme of work. Teachers follow the suggested scheme of work, although adaptations can be made using the ‘freestyle’ element of the package to substitute units deemed to be more appropriate for thematic learning in other curriculum areas. Music lessons are broken down into half-termly units and an emphasis is placed on musical vocabulary, allowing children to talk about pieces of music using the correct terminology.

See the table below for termly units.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Hey you! Rhythm in the Way we Walk and Banana Rap In the Groove Round and Round Your Imagination Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 2 Hands, Feet, Heart Ho, Ho, Ho I Wanna Play in a Band Zoo Time Friendship Song Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 3 Let your Spirit Fly Glockenspiel 1 Three Little Birds The Dragon Song Bringing us Together Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 4 Mama Mia Glockenspiel 2 Stop! Lean on me Blackbird Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 5 Livin’ on a Prayer Classroom Jazz 1 Make you Feel my Love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Dancing in the Street Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 6 Happy Classroom Jazz 2 A New Year Carol You’ve got a Friend Music and me Reflect, Rewind and Replay

Performance is also an important part of musical teaching and learning at Sandhurst and pupils participate in a range of performances during their school ‘career’. These include nativities (KS1 and KS2), Easter performances (Years R-6) and a Leavers performance (Year 6). Pupils also take part in Harvest assemblies, class assemblies (Years R-6) and singing assemblies. Alongside our curriculum provision for music, pupils also have the opportunity to participate in additional Rock Steady music lessons and have individual piano lessons. Every year our choir takes part in the Young Voices concert at the 02 (Years 3 -6). From September 2024, a woodwind lessons will also be on offer.

Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Singing and Voice
  • Playing instruments · Improvisation / Composition
  • Perform and Share

Throughout their journey at Sandhurst, children’s musical skills and understanding are built year on year, from singing nursery rhymes and action songs from memory and performing simple rhythm patterns on tuned and untuned percussion instruments in Early Years, progressing their skills and understanding in KS1 where they also experience whole class instrumental tuition on the recorder or glockenspiel, to further developing their skills and knowledge of the subject in lower KS2,  where the children access music confidently, and have the ability to read and follow a simple musical or graphical score. Throughout all of this the child’s enjoyment of music is a key element, running alongside the ‘taught’ musical skills and objectives.

We want our pupils to develop a love for music and as a result remind them, if they continue to aim high, as a responsible citizen, they could become:

  • Theatre performer
  • Audio designer
  • Casting director
  • Performer
  • Song writer

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Use of the assessment tools provided within the Charanga scheme.
  • Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Photo and video evidence of the pupils practical learning.

Aspirations for the future

We want our pupils to develop a love for music and as a result remind them, if they continue to aim high, as a responsible citizen, they could become a Theatre performer, Audio designer, Casting director, Performer or Song writer

Our music curriculum is based on the Charanga world-leading music teaching and learning platform.

Charanga is a music education and technology company based in Brighton in the UK. They hve developed an online platform that provides teachers and students with the help and resources they need to achieve their musical ambitions.

They, like us believe that everyone who uses the Charanga platform should enjoy every minute of their music education. We are both 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.

"We know that we can transform music teaching and learning by combining world-class educational technology, solid pedagogy, and great resources. This is what has driven Charanga from its very beginnings."

Find out more by visiting their website : https://charanga.com/site/musical-school/

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Our agreed consistencies for Music: If you were to walk into a Music lesson at Sandhurst you would see: In our Music curriculum you will see that we value inclusion and diversity:
  • Every class has a weekly music lesson.
  • We use the Charanga scheme to ensure progression and thorough coverage.
  • We have a singing assembly every week.
  • There is an active learning approach to music in EYFS.
  • We promote wider musical opportunities with extra-curricular activities and music related trips.
  • Children actively involved and enjoying lessons.
  • Listening and discussing a range of high-quality music
  • Children warming up their voices to prepare them for singing.
  • The use of tuned or untuned musical instruments.
  • Voices being used expressively and creatively.
  • Children learn ‘musical language’ at an age appropriate level.
  • Music can be accessed by anyone regardless of background or ability.
  • Provision is made for children requiring additional support.
  • All children, regardless of views and ability are encouraged to take part.
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