At Summer Lane Primary School, children are taught music through the musical scheme Charanga. The scheme is organised on a two year rolling cycle and selected units are taught during the terms: Autumn 1, Spring 1 and Summer 1. Charanga’s units are based around the interrelated dimensions of music. (Pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation). When children first start learning musical elements through Charanga in KS1, the units focus on the pitch, rhythm, pulse and dynamics of music. As children progress through school, all of the interrelated dimensions are developed in their music lessons. In lower KS2, units begin to develop children’s understanding of tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation. In upper KS2 all of the interrelated dimensions of music balance themselves out, so that all children, by the time they reach the end of Y6 should be confident with all elements of the interrelated dimensions of music. Every lesson includes: listening and appraising, musical activities, creating and exploring and performing music. These elements of learning are taught in every unit through Charanga and are developed as the children progress through school.
By looking at the interrelated dimensions of music (which you can view below), you can see how the progression spiral works. Each unit starts with a song which encourages children to find the pulse, rhythm and pitch. Then as children progress through school, new dimensions are added as the children move through different key stages. This represents an ever increasing spiral of musical learning, the repetitive units develop pupil’s musicality in all the areas mentioned above, and by the end of upper KS2 children should be confident to: sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn and play a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.