Cheriton Primary School

Cheriton Primary School
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The school is vibrant, cultural heritages are valued and celebrated. Outstanding engagement with parents. Pupils lives are enriched because you make the most of the diverse cultral and social mix. All staff are proud to work here and enjoy being part of the school. Ofsted

Music

Music has played a significant role in the lives of people of all ages and cultures throughout history and is one of our most accessible forms of entertainment.

We value music as an important part of the Primary Curriculum as it teaches and develops creativity, self-confidence, teamwork and a sense of achievement. In addition, it provides opportunities to develop leadership, problem solving, concentration, perseverance and determination, all of which will positively impact upon the other areas of the curriculum.

At Cheriton Primary School, we use a range of resources to deliver the music curriculum, building upon skills across the two key stages. We use the Charanga scheme of work which supports our teaching and learning, as well as drawing upon individual knowledge and experiences of our staff and children.

  • - In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, we use a variety of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments as well as our bodies to explore, appraise and create music.
  • - Key Stage Two children learn music through a whole class approach to instrumental teaching, in line with the Music Plus framework as well as exploring other musical instruments and genres, supported by the Charanga scheme of work.
  • - As a whole school, we take pride in our singing and recognise our voices as a valuable instrument. We have weekly singing assemblies in which we learn and practise a range of religious and secular songs.

The Charanga scheme of work follows a cycle of listening and appraising, singing, playing instruments, composing, improvising and performing. This meets the aims of the National Curriculum which are 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

As a result of our music learning, our children are comfortable and competent at performing in front of an audience and enjoy the sense of achievement of a musical performance. We regularly produce good quality productions which help to promote quality learning across other areas of the curriculum.

Please take time to listen to recordings of the junior children singing in our assemblies.