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At Broadwater, our intention is that all children gain an embedded understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of styles, traditions and musical genres. Our aim is to develop curiosity for the subject as well as an understanding and acceptance of all types of music and the roles that music may have in a person's life and culture.

Many of our children come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and we aim to link the experiences they have in school to these to create a wider sense of cultural belonging through music.  We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. 

 Our Music learning is based on the Charanga Musical School Scheme.  Charanga is a modern resource for primary music. It is named after a small musical band often linked to Cuban music!

The aim is for teaching and learning music in schools to be fun, relevant and inspiring; central to each child’s academic, social and emotional development.

Classrooms should be buzzing with young people who love music and teachers who love teaching it.

Working in partnership with teachers and combining the latest technology, solid pedagogy, great music and brilliant resources can really help to make this happen!


Charanga Scheme Overview

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.


How the Scheme is structured

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the National Curriculum for Music:

1. Listening and Appraising

2. Musical Activities

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

 3. Performing


Mastery in Music Lessons

Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable 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.

This allows for an opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills. Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It's just shifting within the spiral. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new.


Summer Units

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