At Carr Head Primary School, we aim to engage, motivate and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.  

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.  As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. (The National Curriculum) 

Music teaching at Carr Head Primary School aims to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills.  Music is a unique way of communicating, it is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in personal and cognitive development.  Music at Carr Head aims to reflect the culture and society that we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.  At Carr Head we recognise that music can be a highly academic and demanding subject, but we also aim to make it a creative and enjoyable activity.  Furthermore, music also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community and so we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience through assemblies, concerts and key stage performances.  Lessons enable children to develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and begin to make judgements about the quality of music.   

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which Carr Head  School develops exciting and stimulating themes and lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school Curriculum. 

Our Music curriculum is based on our school values. 

The aims of our Music curriculum are to develop pupils who: 

  • Can sing and use their voices. 
  • Create and compose music on their own and with others. 
  • Use technology appropriately. 
  • Progress to the next level of musical excellence.   
  • Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument. 
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated. 
  • Understand the work of great composers and musicians. 
  • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music. 
  • Use musical language. 
  • Make judgements about the quality of music. 
  • Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments. 
  • Take part in performances. 
  • Perform and share a range of musical styles. 
  • Listen, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. 
  • Have opportunities to study a range of musical styles and genres, e.g. Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc. 

The scheme we use is Charanga.