At St Clare's, we have adopted the scheme Charanga to support and improve the quality of music teaching that children receive at our school. Charanga works seamlessly with the National Curriculum ensuring that learners revisit the interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, voice, pitch and rhythm- building upon previous learning and skills. The learning within this Scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising, Musical Activities, creating and exploring and singing and performing.
Music is taught as a separate subject, but links may be made to other learning such as the children’s topic work for that term. All children from EYFS to Y6 receive a weekly music lesson supported by Charanga.
Here is our music curriculum overview:
Here are our knowledge maps:
Music knowledge organiser Y1
Music knowledge organiser Y2
Music knowledge organiser Y3
Music knowledge organiser Y4
Music knowledge organiser Y5
Music knowledge organiser Y6
Music at Home
Below are a list of different websites that you may find useful for learning music whilst at home.
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BBC Teach Ten Pieces Tasters
The website suggests weekly activities for schools and parents to try. Every week there's a Ten Pieces film to watch and a linked creative activity – writing a poem, drawing a portrait, trying some body percussion – to be completed by children at home (no special materials or preparation required). A free, easy way to keep listening, enjoying and creating music at this time.
Free primary school music resources - Bring The Noise - BBC Teach
This website offers a range of free, fun and simple online music resources that can be used flexibly at home. The website offers interactive and inclusive activities for EYFS, KS1 and SEND pupils. Over the coming weeks, children are invited to take part in the ‘I am a Robot’ sing, sign and dance challenge, where adults can send in videos of their child’s robot performance for the chance for it to be included in a new .
- Meet the Orchestra – Royal Albert Hall
Watch . Each member of the band presents their instrument, explains how they make their sound and plays a few short pieces. From trumpets and trombones to violins, which instrument will steal the hearts of your family members?
For more about the instruments in the orchestra you can also read and watch for a brief description of the most recognisable instruments in an orchestra, music performed by the BBC Philharmonic and information about the history and sounds of each instrument.
- Classics for Kids
is designed to help you introduce children to classical music through games, musical definitions, audio samples, kids' guides to styles and eras, guidance for choosing an instrument and lots more.
The interactive music games are free and help children learn more about rhythm, musical terms, musical instruments and composer.
has themed playlists of songs to fit every mood – including songs to calm and relax you, songs to get you moving, and empowering songs to lift you up. There are also songs and activities for learning about topics and every week, a new will feature an engaging teaching video and audio tracks, lyrics, musical score and various activities that go along with it.
- Out of the Ark
are sharing free songs and resources to help parents build a daily singing routine. Each week they are providing at least 7 songs with activities/challenges to keep everyone singing and learning. Songs are provided with full Words on Screen videos together with some activities to go with each song. We love using Out of the Ark at St Clare’s!
A LIVE daily 10-15 minute sing for children, parents and teachers! Join Voices Foundation every weekday at 1:00 PM (BST) from wherever you are for some fun, uplifting singing led by their VF practitioners. Music brings us all together, so please share with friends and family and let’s get everybody singing! to ensure you don’t miss out on this daily content.
- Myleene's Music Klass
Myleene's Music Klass is a video series from musician and mum Myleene Kass's home to yours – with lots of support from her children she introduces dynamics, major and minor keys, basic rhythms, melodies and more. Fun, accessible and curriculum-based.