What does Music look like at Highweek?

Our Music Curriculum



At Highweek we offer an integrated, practical and child-led approach to musical teaching. We use The Charanga Musical School Scheme across Reception, KS1 and KS2 which is developed 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 music skills. In line with the national curriculum for music, the scheme has an exploratory based approach. The interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation) weave through each of the units taught. This encourages the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising,  differing musical activities and performing. In order to develop cultural and personal development of our pupils, Highweek offers instrument tuition to pupils through small group and one to one tuition with visiting peripatetic teachers.



Each unit of work comprises the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music: listening and appraising, musical activities (games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition) and performing. The strands of musical learning, presented within a lesson using on-screen resources and practical activities and games, are part of a learning spiral. For Reception to Year 6, the learning consists of six half-termly units of work. The final unit in each year – Reflect, Rewind and Replay – allows for revision and further extension activities. Music is taught either in a weekly lesson or as a block of lesson throughout each term. Instrumental work is differentiated allowing children to move through the relevant parts as they need to. Through our use of peripatetic teachers, Highweek currently offers drum, flute and clarinet lessons in weekly lessons for those children wanting to learn an instrument.



The impact of using a spiral curriculum including on-screen resources, practical activities and games will be seen across the school. Children will be able to understand musical concepts and repeating these concepts through a range of musical genres enables a more secure, deeper learning and a mastery of musical skills. A range of genres of music, a variety of instruments and the use of peripatetic instrument tuition develops the cultural and personal development of our pupils. Over time, children will develop will develop both new musical skills and concepts, and revisit established musical skills and concepts. The use of games embeds the interrelated dimensions or music, singing is at the heart of all the musical learning, playing instruments (tuned and untuned) supports the journey of understanding musical notation, improvising and composing puts into practice the children’s learning as they apply their new musical skills and finally performing provides opportunities for children to provide feedback and assessment.