Purpose of Study/Rationale


We study music in our school because it is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.  A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.  This will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.  As pupils progress, they should develop critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

At Crossacres, the subject is delivered through implementing the Charanga music scheme.

The Charanga scheme covers the National Curriculum through three strands:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including games, singing, playing, improvising and composing)
  • Perform/Share

By the end of KS2 Pupils should be taught 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


Long Term Overview

National Curriculum Aims



At Crossacres, we ensure that our music curriculum fulfils the aims of:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians.  This is covered by the Listen and Appraise strand in the scheme of work.
  • Learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.  This is covered in the Musical Activities strand in the scheme of work.  This includes games, singing, playing, improvising and composing.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.  This is covered in the Perform/Share strand in the scheme of work and also in the Musical Activities strand in KS2.

You can download the National Curriculum for music here.

Our Music Provision:

Whole School Singing Assembly – Wednesday 9.00 – 9.30 “Sing Like No One is Listening!” (Year 1 – Year 6)

Recorders – Year 4 (4C Autumn Term/4P Spring Term)

Brass Tuition – Children from Year 4, 5, 6 with Mr Storey

African Drumming – Year 5