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Music at Ainderby

What do our children say about music?                                                                

“We learn different notes and chords and see different instruments.”

"Music helps us express emotions"

"Music gives a whole new meaning to harmony"

Music Intent 

Every child , no matter what their ability, can access music. We aim for them to be creative in their music making and develop a love of music, whilst being able to express their opinions about their musical preferences. 

Music Implementation

In the Early years, music helps auditory skills with lots of singing and rhyme. From year 1, we use a music programme called 'Charanga' (Introduced Spring 2022), which involves listening and appraising, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performing

We aim for all children to have the opportunity at year 3 and 4 to participate in a whole class music programme. Children sing in large groups and small groups performing to an audience. Children can also learn an instrument through the NYCC peripatetic music scheme. Through visiting musicians, they experience live performances and workshops which may inspire them to learn an instrument.

We follow the EYFS 2021 curriculum and 2014 National Curriculum. 

Children in Key Stage 1 will learn to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and detuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Children in Key Stage 2 will learn to: 

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

Music Impact      

Children will grow in confidence in their understanding  of music as they journey through school. Music assessment is ongoing, using both end of unit assessments and observation. 

Click here to see Charanga's progression and skills overview


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