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Music Curriculum

At Highfields we use Charanga to support our music teaching, this is an online music scheme provided by Essex Music Services with lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support your children's learning about music. Our children love using our new set of glockenspiels, percussion trolleys and recorders to take part practically in classroom music lessons. Take a look at our music curriculum overview above to find out what units your child will be covering in music this year.

Year 4 children also have the opportunity to learn either the flute, clarinet or trumpet during their whole class music lessons. This is a fantastic opportunity and often leads to children taking up individual music lessons for that instrument.

All children also take part in a Key Stage singing assembly once a week where they learn songs  related to the season or important festivals. Key Stage Two have even been learning to sing in harmony! At Christmas Key Stage 2 invite parents to join us for a Christmas sing-a-long to share the songs we have been learning and Key Stage 1 put on a nativity play with lots of singing and dancing.

To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guests into our school. Recently we have had visits from the Grand Union Orchestra, a Ghanaian musical group and a classical flute quartet. As well as having guests into school we also take groups of children out of school to take part in workshops at the local high school and this year Key Stage 1 will be taking part in the Colchester Music Festival.

Music skills progression

Long term teaching overview

Charanga Information Booklet

Highfields Music Policy

Picture 1 Year 6 using notation for their Jazz compositions
Picture 2 Yr 2 made a musical map of wonka world
Picture 3 The Grand Union Orchestra playing for us
Picture 4 Workshops with the Grand Union Orchestra
Picture 5 Workshops for the colchester music festival
Picture 6 Year 5 learning about African rhythms
Picture 7 Key Stage 2 singing assembly
Picture 8 Year 5 using percussion instruments
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