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Music at Red Oak

Music at Red Oak Primary School

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Curriculum

The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

At Red Oak Primary School the music curriculum is delivered through ‘Charanga’. Charanga is an online resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It ensures excellent coverage of the National Curriculum and is based around three musical themes: listening and appraising; creating and exploring and singing and performing. As music is an expression of personal development throughout their music lessons children develop a deeper understanding of themselves, the society they live in and the wider world around them.

All classes spend one hour a week on music as a discrete subject. In addition to this time there is a weekly singing assembly and there is the opportunity for children to attend music clubs including KS1 choir, KS2 choir and drumming club.

The following table shows the coverage of Charanga units for each year group throughout the year:

For a larger view of the timetable please click on the PDF:

Assessment

At Red Oak Primary School we use the Charanga assessment framework alongside Target Tracker and the National Curriculum materials. This tells us whether a child is below expected, at expected or above expected for their year group.