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Mrs Dolman is our Music Subject Leader. 

At Shirland Primary School, we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme from Reception to Year 6. This provides teachers with support for each year group in the school.  The scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum and the Development Matters Statements and Early Learning Goals (EYFS).


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.


The dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.


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 

     a) warm-up activities

     b) optional flexible games

     c) singing

     d) playing instruments 

     e) improvisation 

     f) composition

3. Performing 


Why Do We Play Instruments?