As a learning community centred in Christ, we walk hand in hand with God on our journey in Faith.
Our Mission Statement - We Live this Journey of Faith out through music
Our school curriculum is based on a thematic approach with reading at the core. Core and foundation subjects such as music are explicitly taught to secure a sound understanding of subject specific knowledge and skills. Concepts are sequenced to ensure regular repetition across year groups and themes thus enabling pupils to 'know more and remember more'. This helps pupils to develop a deeper understanding of each subject in the context of the world around them.
At English Martyrs' we follow the 'Charanga' music scheme across the whole school. The scheme is progressive and designed to teach the children musical knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 6.
For example EYFS children are taught 20+ nursery rhymes and learn that we can move with the pulse of music. They are also taught that a performance is sharing music. They are taught to appreciate that music can 'touch your feelings' and that we can enjoy music through singing and dancing. They play games which involve exploring pulse and rhythm. They are given the opportunity to join in with all kinds of musical activities which are fun and engaging.
Musical skills and knowledge taught in Years 1 to 6 build on skills and knowledge introduced in EYFS. We strongly believe that music must continue to be taught in a way which continues to be fun and engaging. Children are taught to listen and appraise different styles of music and are also taught musical skills through playing games. Children have access to different kinds of instruments and in Year 4 they work with music teachers from the Schools' Music Service. They have a music lesson each week where they are taught to play cornet or flute. Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 children are taught singing, improvisation, composition and performing via this structured and enjoyable scheme. They learn about the same musical concept through different musical activities and this enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of skills.
Progression of Skills through Charanga
Key Words and Vocabulary
Evidence of Music in our Curriculum
Day of the Dead
Celebrations with Music at the Heart of our School Life