At St Leonards, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We value music because it is one of the most powerful and unique forms of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We hope to foster a life-long love of music by exposing pupils to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers, performers and composers, we aim to develop pupils who are confident, reflective musicians.
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.’
(The National Curriculum)
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as in weekly assemblies through signing. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Through Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.