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Walkeringham Primary School

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Our music curriculum follows the Charanga scheme which is an integrated, practical, exploratory

and child-led approach to musical learning.


All musical learning in this scheme is built around the Interrelated Dimensions of Music: pulse,

rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation. These dimensions are at the centre of all the learning.


Each Unit of Work consists of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national

curriculum for music and are organised by:


1. Listening and Appraising

2. Musical Activities

  • Warm-up Games
  • Optional Flexible Games
  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Improvisation
  • Composition

3. Performing


Charanga 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.


Children receive teaching from the Charanga scheme each year. As we operate mixed-age classes, units taught are taken from the mix of year groups within each class, across a rolling programme.


Due to the repetitive nature of the scheme, units can be delivered as stand-alone units due to the depth of learning and spiral progression methodology. Units of work are chosen for classes by looking at the suitability of the main unit song for the age group.


Children from Y3 to Y6 have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument from an expert teacher from the Nottinghamshire Inspire Music Dept.  The teaching follows a skills based curriculum. Starting points for each year group are cohort specific depending on skills already acquired in previous years, as well as individual needs. Assessments take place to readdress sessions, as and when this is needed.


Each unit of the children's learning focusses on key elements of music:

  • Pulse
  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Timbre
  • Structure
  • Texture
  • Notation