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Music is a powerful language and as such is used as a form of communication across the globe, in a vast expanse of cultures- it evokes emotion, creates memories and ignites passion. At Badbury Park Primary, we wish for children to appreciate the language of music by learning about and appraising a variety of pieces of culturally diverse music from great composers which include festive pieces with words that inspire, communicate and educate.


By implementing the ‘Charanga’ scheme, children experience learning to play an instrument and make progress by having the opportunity to play solo and as part of an assembly. In addition, they learn a subject specific vocabulary that enriches their knowledge of terminology. Through cross-curricular links that are purposeful, children create and evaluate compositions and enjoy singing as a collective group. Through our creative curriculum, the impact is that children gain an extensive array of skills and knowledge which in turn encourages a life-long love of music.


Children in year 2 having African drumming lessons and Year 5 Ukulele lessons through the Swindon Music Service.

Children take part in Swindon Music Festivals

Children have weekly singing assemblies where they learn a variety of songs

Music is used across the curriculum to learn maths facts and time tables, routines and rhymes to help things transfer into the long term memory.

Performing in class assemblies, Nativities, and other school productions.

Link to scheme- Original Scheme/Home – Swindon Music Service (

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.

Ofsted have stated that “We will not always know the learning outcomes” so segregated learning objectives at the start of each lesson are not appropriate. Instead 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.

How the Scheme is structured

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising

  2. Musical Activities

    1. Warm-up Games

    2. Optional Flexible Games

    3. Singing

    4. Playing instruments

    5. Improvisation

    6. Composition

  3. Performing



The impact of teaching music will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of music. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through performances, extracurricular activities and opportunities suggested in lessons/overviews for wider learning. Participation in music develops wellbeing, promotes listening and develops concentration. We want to ensure that music is loved by teachers and pupils across school, encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of musical ability, now and in the future.

We assess the children against key objectives taken from the Music curriculum at the end of each unit through the form of a Music Passport.

To view our Music skills progression - please click here.

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