Curriculum intent for Music

At Holy Cross, we aim to provide an engaging, high-quality music education that will inspire children to develop their creativity, their skills as musicians and foster a life-long love of music. We aim to expose them to a wide range of musical instruments and vocabulary as well as music from varied historical periods and genres.

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.

Children will be supported and challenged to know more and remember more enabling them to reach the end points for each key stage.  This will equip them to succeed in education and in adult life, and to make a positive contribution to society for the common good.

Curriculum Implementation for Music

At Holy Cross, we provide opportunities within class for children to listen, play, sing, compose, perform and evaluate. We follow the National Curriculum for music that is supported by the scheme Charanga music in Key Stage 1 and 2. EYFS cover the relevant music statements of Development Matters.

The Charanga scheme involves planned progression through the year groups and exposure to a wide variety of genres. It is a spiral curriculum that enables children to develop and build upon previous learning and use of musical terminology. This will result in the children knowing more and remembering more. There are opportunities for the use of musical instruments, composition and the development of the inter-related dimensions of music that result in the opportunity for performances and evaluation.

Children have their own personal Charanga login information that provides access to home music learning. This can be monitored by their class teacher. There is regular formative assessment within music lessons and children are assessed against the end of Key Stage expectations.

Music Long Term Plan

Music Progression Map

Music lessons at Holy Cross