Curriculum Intent


At Istead Rise, we use the music teaching platform Charanga to ensure that our children gain a thorough understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing.  Children discover the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts. The music curriculum intends to inspire creativity and self-expression in our children, as well as giving them opportunities to connect and work alongside other children cooperatively. Our aim is for every child to develop descriptive language skills from their music lessons and to be able to explain how music can embody different feelings, emotions and narratives. In addition to this, students will be taught technical vocabulary such as: volume, pitch, beat and rhythm, and we actively encourage children to discuss music using these terms. Overall, we wish for all children to deepen their understanding of music in the world and to gain an overview of the significant role of music throughout history. 


Curriculum Implementation

The Charanga scheme provides teachers with engaging and exciting activities which build upon the children’s musical knowledge and skills each year. The scheme supports all of the requirements set out in the National Curriculum and each termly unit of work comprises the following strands of musical learning: listening and appraising, musical activities such as warm- up games, optional games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performing. 


To ensure every child feels challenged and has opportunities to progress further with their learning, Charanga provides varying types of activities and encourages them to engage musically with each other during their weekly lessons. This enables all of our children to access the music curriculum equally. During music lessons, children will be exposed to a variety of instruments, genres, rhythms and structures and have opportunities to play some instruments themselves. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses. This is achieved through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. 


In addition to weekly music lessons, the use of music is encouraged within other lessons to broaden children’s concept of music and its role in the wider world. We also ensure that children and parents have the option to access music tutors who visit the school weekly. 

All children will also have lessons in how to play a musical instrument.