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At Holy Cross Catholic Primary we use Charanga to support our music teaching. This is an online music scheme which provides lots of visual aids and interactive resources to ensure children continually develop their skills and knowledge. Children use tuned and untuned instruments and engage in practical music lessons. Children are taught about the interrelated dimensions of music from the beginning of the scheme, ensuring they are able to use a variety of skills and are provided with the correct musical terminology. This builds as the children make progress and by the end of the scheme children are able to use this vocabulary confidently.

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the National Curriculum for Music:

Listening and Appraising

Musical Activities

Warm-up Games

Optional Flexible Games


Playing instruments




The music curriculum ensures pupils sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various performances and the learning of instruments.

Children in Year 4 learn to play the Ukulele with a specialist music teacher on a weekly basis.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for children to develop knowledge and skills related to ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ through broad exploration of the following aspects; Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative.