At Studfall we aim to provide a curriculum that encourages listening skills, singing, performance and an appreciation of a variety of forms and styles of music. We use an interactive Music Scheme called Charanga, tailored specifically for schools. This Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group with resources such as lesson plans, forms of assessment, clear progression indicators, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Charanga is divided into six Units of Work, covering the six school terms of the year. Each Unit is comprised of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the National Curriculum for Music:
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities
- Warm-up Games
- Optional Flexible Games
- Playing instruments
The Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning ~ that is, learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities which enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.
Children are also given the opportunity to perform each lesson as a class.
Throughout the year, each year group takes part in a musical production for Harvest, Christmas, Easter or a Leavers concert, to enable them to develop performance skills and perform to a larger and wider audience.
We also provide opportunities for the children to learn musical instruments, through Rock Steady, First access and peripatetic guitar lessons from the county music hub.
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Music in the Community
We feel it is important to support our wider community and for the children to be given the opportunity to perform outside of the school setting. Events in the community include:
An annual visit to the local community hospital to sing Christmas carols to the patients and staff.
Year 4 visit to the local care home to sing to the residents and staff.
Year 4 visit to the church, as part of their RE topic, to sing Christmas Carols.
20 year 5 and 6 children performing as part of the annual community concert at the local church.