The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
- be taught to sing, create and compose music
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated
At Rounds Green, children gain an understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of styles and genres using the scheme Charanga. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and can use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in and develop a love of music.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom through the structured music programme Charanga as well as small group teaching from specialist music teachers and whole class brass lessons in Year Three. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are encouraged to use some of the language of music to understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Children learn how to compose music, leading to deeper understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music.
Whilst in school, children use Charanga which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The sessions follow the same structure across the school allowing the children to build upon their existing skills with frequent revisiting opportunities. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways – listening, appraising, repeating and composing. They can sing and feel a pulse moving in their way.