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When children leave Aiskew, Leeming Bar Primary School, we want them to have a wide range of happy and rich memories in music, formed through interesting and exciting experiences which have engaged and inspired pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.  They will have experienced a wide range of musical styles and genres from around the world. 

Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in music and will develop skills which in turn will enable them to develop a deeper understanding of the subject. Pupils’ understanding of music will be developed through activities which bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising. Children are taught to make music together with tuned and un-tuned instruments and to compose pieces. They are also taught to sing and play in time controlling the sound and pace. They are taught different ways to represent sounds including graphically, symbolically and through staff notation.  Throughout children’s study of music, they will be introduced to key musical vocabulary;  it is an expectation that pupils will use this vocabulary accurately and with confidence (see Appendix 1).

Children will develop self-confidence and teamwork skills through performance. They will have opportunities to sing as a class, in smaller groups and as a school community.  They will have the opportunity to learn to play a glockenspiel and the recorder by the time they leave Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary.  Through this, they will learn to read and write a range of musical notation, including staff notation.

Children will understand how our school’s Christian values and those taught through British Values relate to music through a study of music from different faiths and cultures.  Pupils will understand the reasons and the context behind why music has been written.  Through exploring music from around the world, pupils will learn to understand and be tolerant of those with different faiths, beliefs and cultures. Pupils have a positive attitude towards their music learning and we try to instil a joy of life-long learning. Pupils embrace challenges and are helped to have faith in themselves. During weekly singing worship, pupils recognise that singing is a form of worship.

Children will develop their understanding of cultural heritage by having opportunities to listen to, review and evaluate a range of music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including contemporary music and the works of the great composers and musicians.  Through this, they will use subject specific vocabulary relating to the interrelated musical elements; instrumentation, metre, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, texture, structure and melody.  Where possible, children will use music technology to compose simple rhythms and melodies.  Charanga Music provides a plethora of opportunities to listen to music thus developing pupils’ focussed listening skills.  Through this, pupils are able to utilise many of the Building Learning Power skills such as distilling information, making links and noticing.   

Charanga Music has been chosen due to the wide range of genre it exposes the children to. As well as this, opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, attending performances by professional musicians and participating in school productions. Other opportunities might include visits to concerts, meeting musicians, professional musicians visiting schools to work with pupils, musicians from other schools sharing their expertise with staff and children.

We take great pride in our music learning as it is an integral part of the school. We believe that music is a unique way of communicating that inspires and motivates pupils. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part personal development. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, therefore, music teaching and learning at Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary School enables pupils to better understand the world they live in. Music also plays an important part in helping pupils feel part of a community.

Charanga Music was chosen as our music scheme due to its technological approach which we know helps to engage our pupils in their learning.  When composing, through the use of technology, differentiation can be achieved well through the way pupils choose to record their compositions and the level of musical notation used.  Again, this is important to our school because this supports our spiral curriculum and progression when teaching a whole key stage in one class.  All our pupils have access to technology at home; Charanga Music  can be used to further children’s music learning at home. 

At Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary School, through teaching music through Charanga Music we aim to:

  • Develop the child as a whole through engagement in musical activity;
  • Ensure all pupils are able to access musical activities both at school and continue their learning at home;
  • Explore and understand how sounds are made, and can be organised into musical structures;
  • Explore how music is made through a variety of instruments;
  • Develop the interrelated skills of composition, performance and music appreciation;
  • Explore how music is composed and written down;
  • Explore how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written;
  • Develop and nurture pupils’ sense of self, and allow opportunities to explore their own ability;
  • Explore thoughts and ideas through their imagination;
  • Develop pupil’s knowledge and understanding by having opportunities to practise skills;
  • Create a platform to recognise and celebrate the diverse culture of our school through music.


At Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary School, uses the Charanga Music scheme of work to teach Music. In order to meet the needs of teaching whole key stages, each year, children will be taught from a range of units.

We believe that singing lies at the heart of good music teaching, therefore our teaching focuses on developing the pupil’s ability to sing in tune and with others. Each unit is taught through learning to sing and play a song. These songs develop in complexity and length as the pupils progress through the school. Through learning these songs, opportunities are also provided for listening to and appraising different styles of music, improvising and composing music, and learning about the interrelated dimensions of music (e.g. tempo, texture, dynamics, structure, rhythm, pitch etc.). The Charanga Music scheme builds upon prior learning and provides opportunities for pupils of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit.



Year A Y1 Introducing Beat

Y1 Introducing Tempo & Dynamics

Y1 Combining Pulse, Rhythm and Pitch

Y2 Exploring Feelings Through Music

Y2 Music that Makes you Dance

Y2 Exploring Improvisation

Year B Y1 Adding Rhythm & Pitch

Y1 Having Fun with Improvisation

Y1 Explore Sound and Create a Story

Y2 Exploring Simple Patterns

Y2 Focus on Dynamics & Tempo

Y2 Inventing a Musical Story


Year A

(Year D on LTP)

Y3 Developing Notation Skills

Y4 Connecting Notes and Feelings

Y4 Purpose, identity and expression in music

Y5 Introducing chords

Y6 Understanding structure and form

Y6 Gaining confidence through performance

Year B

(Year A on LTP)

Y3 Enjoying improvisation

Y3 Composing using your imagination

Y4 Interesting Time Signatures

Y5 Words, Meaning and Expression

Y5 Identifying important musical elements

Y6 Exploring notation further

Year C

(Year B on LTP)

Y3 Sharing musical experiences

Y4 Combining elements to make music

Y4 Developing pulse and groove through improvisation

Y5 Getting Started with music tech

Y6 Using Chords and Structure

Y6 Respecting each other through composition

Year D

(Year A on LTP)

Y3 Learning More about Musical Styles

Y3 Recognising different sounds

Y4 Creating simple melodies together

Y5 Emotions and musical styles

Y5 Exploring key and time signatures

Y6 Developing melodic phrases



Children will:

  • Enjoy and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles.
  • Explore how sounds are made, and how music is produced by a variety of instruments.
  • Develop imagination and creativity.
  • Build a sense of pulse and rhythm.
  • Understand and be able to use a range of musical vocabulary with accuracy and confidence when discussing music.
  • Develop the interrelated skills of composition, improvisation, performance and appreciation.
  • Enjoy a wide range of songs and sing in tune.
  • Develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.

MMC Musical Elements Years 1-6

MMC Progression of Knowledge and Skills Years 1-6

Musical Progression Guide Years 1-6

Musical Styles Years 1-6