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Music at Our Lady Star of the Sea
At Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary school the aim of our Music curriculum is to help pupils to develop a love of music and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. High quality Music lessons which inspire and engage pupils to develop and their talent as musicians is delivered through our use of the Charanga scheme of work. We subscribe to this digital scheme of work because we feel it meets the needs of all our learners and ensures progression throughout each year group.
Find out more about Charanga here (external link).
Glockenspiels, hand chimes and a range of untuned percussion are available to enable all children to explore and create music as they develop their knowledge of the interrelated dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Pupils become confident performers throughout their time at Our Lady Star of The Sea by taking part in a range of concerts, assemblies, Easter and Advent performances which showcase their talents well.
Years 1 and 2
Pupils have opportunities to begin to develop their skills in performing, listening to, reviewing and evaluating music as well as learning to use their voices to sing on their own and with others. There are opportunities within the curriculum to learn to play tuned and untuned musical instruments supported by Charanga.
Year 3 and 4
Charanga helps our Year 3 and 4 pupils to develop a deeper understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating their own ideas and reproducing sounds from a developing aural memory.
Pupils in Year 5 now have weekly musical tuition working with a music specialist from the Wider Opportunities team in Cheshire West and Chester. Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play and look after an instrument chosen from a range of brass and wind instruments. The instruments are taken home by the children enabling pupils to develop their talents further. Pupils may log in to Charanga at home to deepen their musical skills and develop their knowledge further.
Charanga is used in Year 6 to further deepen children’s appreciation and understanding of a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. Children are encouraged to build on their knowledge of the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.