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Music Overview

Music Curriculum
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

At St Winnow, we believe that music should not only be taught and experienced in our classrooms, but achieve ubiquity within an enriched and engaging wider curriculum. At our school, we progressively promote the musical concepts of performance, composition, transcription and description; applying these through practical and purposeful cross-curricular performance opportunities such as weekly collective worship and annual school musical productions.

Extra-curricular provision such as our school being involved in songfest and a commitment to regular participation in local festivals and celebrations, ensures that acquired musical knowledge and understanding is not confined to the school grounds; permeating our local community and providing children with the valuable performance experience that they require, in order to realise their potential as young musicians.


Music at St Winnow is taught by classroom teachers through use of the ‘Music Express’ scheme, which further subdivides children’s musical learning and experiences into four key, progressive skill areas. These are taught consistently throughout the key stages and ensure the provision of a rich and holistic musical education


Through the implementation of our music curriculum, we endeavour to produce passionate and skilled young musicians who possess:

a rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
a musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
a very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
an excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
the ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
a passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

Charanga Musical School Curriculum
At St Winnow, we use the Charanga Musical School Curriculum scheme from Reception to Year 6.


The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It 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 focuses on the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

1.  Listening and Appraising
2.  Musical Activities
          a.  Warm-up Games
          b.  Optional Flexible Games
          c.  Singing
          d.  Playing instruments
          e.  Improvisation
          f.  Composition
3.  Performing

Mastery in your 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. The teacher, is able to plan and provide the opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills.

Charanga Musical Scheme of Work
Learning Progression in Music
Knowledge and Skills
Key Vocabulary

Children can access Charanga at home using their Yumu account logins which will be provided by class teachers. Teachers will set tasks and occasionally homework for children to enjoy completing on Charanga.