At St Andrew’s School we follow the Charanga Musical School Scheme. Charanga is an interactive scheme which engages and excites the children, allowing them to learn a range of music skills and knowledge.
Children are taught Music weekly, as well as additional singing in assemblies and performance rehearsals.
Throughout KS1 and KS2, children learn about musical notes in a systematic and progressive order. These musical notes are taught using a number of musical methods such as singing and playing tuned instruments, such as recorders and chime bars.
The Charanga scheme focusses on three main areas:
- Listening and Appraising
- Creating and Exploring
- Singing and Performing
Each Unit of Work includes the strands of musical learning which directly correspond with the National Curriculum for music.
Through music, children develop the confidence to express themselves and to perform confidently to a wide range of audiences. All children engage in music assemblies, Harvest, Christmas and Easter services to name but a few. Our Christmas performances in school are very well attended.
In each unit, children listen to a range of musical genres, from classical, to rock and pop and learn what makes each genre unique.
In our nursery, children develop a love of learning and reciting nursery rhymes, learning and singing new songs and experimenting with making sounds without instruments and how to use a range of musical instruments.
They learn to:
- hear and listen carefully
- vocalise a range of sounds and sing with a developing confidence
- move and dance
- explore and play
Music in the Community
Throughout the year we perform at local churches, old people’s homes and a range of events in and around Bishop Auckland. Each year, the whole school performs in a music assembly, where they showcase some of the musical skills and knowledge they have learned that term.
Children can enrol in both singing and guitar after school clubs, both of which are very popular.
Please see our Whole School Long Term Plan to see what our pupils will study during each year. (Link)