Borrowdale CE Primary School
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Music is fundamental to our humanity and civilisation. Every child deserves the opportunity to engage with music of all styles and from all cultures, to develop their musical journey.


Our Music Curriculum is based on the Charanga Scheme of Work (which is aligned to the Model Music Curriculum DfE2021) and supports all the requirements: Listening, singing, playing, composing, improvising and performing.


Our music curriculum is built on the following principles:

  • Children will develop their skills in inquiry and critical thinking
  • Children will begin to feel and learn about social connectivity
  • Children will learn about and deepen their musical understanding and connect this with their place in their community
  • Children will become globally aware and understand what it means to become a citizen of the world
  • Songs and singing lie at the heart of the learning process
  • An authentic learning experience is at the heart of musical learning
  • At each age and stage of development, musical learning is drawn from engaging with the songs
  • Music is fun, inclusive and engaging
  • Children will gain an understanding of historical and cultural contexts related to music
  • Children will form their own musical opinions and learn to make their own musical decisions.


Charanga Musical School
The Scheme provides assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting resources to support every lesson. In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme adopts an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.



Musical elements and concepts are introduced to young children and continually revisited in more complex and intricate ways as the children progress through subsequent year groups. Our music curriculum is taught in a spiral curriculum which means that key learning is repeated, musical skills are reinforced and learning deepens over six school years. Children will quickly become familiar with the musical activities, through which they acquire new, or reinforce previous, musical knowledge and understanding.