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Charanga Music School

Charanga is a modern resource for primary music. It is named after a small musical band often linked to Cuban music!

The aim is for teaching and learning music in schools to be fun, relevant and inspiring; central to each child’s academic, social and emotional development.

Classrooms should be buzzing with young people who love music and teachers who love teaching it.

Working in partnership with teachers and combining the latest technology, solid pedagogy, great music and brilliant resources can really help to make this happen!

 

Charanga Scheme Overview

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.

 

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

 

Mastery in Music Lessons

Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.

This allows for an opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills. Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It's just shifting within the spiral. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new.

 

Spring 1 Units

Year 1

In The Groove is a song that was specially written for classroom use to teach children about different styles of music. This is a very easy song to learn and has been arranged in six different styles; Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. Each week we will listen and learn a different style of In The Groove.

 

Year 2

I Wanna Play In A Band is a rock song written especially for children. In this song we will learn about singing and playing together in an ensemble.

As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise classic rock songs.

Year 3

This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: Three Little Birds. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other reggae songs.

 

Year 4

 This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: Lean On Me. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.

Throughout the unit children will be encouraged to keep focused on musical learning; the integration of musical learning/practice is key when delivering music lessons. Music must be taught musically; pupils and teachers need to be active musicians.

 

 

Year 5

This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.

Throughout the unit the children will be encouraged to keep focused on musical learning; the integration of musical learning/practice is key. Music must be taught musically; pupils and teachers need to be active musicians.

 

Year 6

 

This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: Happy. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked.