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We currently use the Charanga scheme for music. This will be reviewed periodically to ensure it is fulfilling our needs. 



At Moorcroft Wood we believe that music is an essential part of a child’s education, therefore every child has the opportunity to participate in a wide range of musical activities during their school career. 


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire learners to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


Through our broad and balanced curriculum, opportunities to sing and learn instruments underpin learning and development not only within music as a subject but also through a cross-curricular approach. We want our children to foster a love of music within their learning through other subjects to aid learning and enjoyment.

We recognise that singing is a great starting point for musical learning and the development of many skills. We intend to create a strong and positive bond within our school and join the community together – marking significant moments by singing together and listening to music, like during assemblies, instrumental performances, musical visitors into school and special events in the calendar. Additionally, performances at different venues such as at ‘Young Voices’ events aim to develop relationships.



The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities and other musical events throughout the year such as performances and assemblies.


Whilst at Moorcroft Wood Primary school we aim for our children to meet the expectations of the National Curriculum. These are:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


The elements of music and the national curriculum are taught in classroom lessons using the scheme ‘Charanga’ so that children are able to use some of the language of music to study it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. The Charanga scheme of work is used from EYFS to year 6 to ensure a wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. This allows the children to understand the different principles of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.  We also have external music providers visit school such as Rainbow Rhyme who work closely with EYFS and Year 1 and staff from Forest Arts who work with KS2 children.


Each unit of work has an on-going musical learning focus and lessons usually follow a specific learning sequence:

  • Listen and Appraise
  • Musical Activities (including pulse and rhythm)
  • Singing and Voice
  • Playing instruments
  • Improvisation / Composition
  • Perform and Share


 The progression map from Charanga ensures all interrelated elements of music are covered and implemented. This ensures that children are given the opportunity to learn and acquire appropriate skills in music which are progressive across all year groups.  The progression maps can be seen further down this page.



Impact whilst at Moorcroft Wood, children have access to a varied musical programme (Charanga), which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas that they might like to improve upon. Progress is assessed throughout the year and is used to track the development and knowledge of our pupil’s musical ability using the Charanga assessment documents. Children are able to access fundamental abilities such as achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others and self-reflection. They also have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts and opinions, acknowledging that their opinion might differ from others. Music will also develop an understanding of culture, history and ethics from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music as a listener, performer and creator.



Music Topics Overview



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Hey You!

Rhythm in The Way We Walk and Banana Rap



In the Groove

Round and Round

Your Imagination

Reflect, Rewind and Replay



Hands, Feet, Heart

Ho Ho Ho

I Wanna Play in A Band


Friendship Song

Reflect, Rewind and Replay




Let Your Spirit Fly

Glockenspiel Stage 1

Three Little Birds

The Dragon Song

Bringing us Together

Reflect, Rewind and Replay




Mamma Mia!

Glockenspiel Stage 2


Lean on Me


Reflect, Rewind and Replay




Livin’ on a Prayer

Harvest Festival

Make You Feel My Love

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Dancing in the Street

Reflect, Rewind and Replay





Classroom Jazz

A New Year Carol

You’ve Got a Friend

Music and Me

Reflect, Rewind and Replay





Moorcroft Wood Knowledge and Key Skills

In addition to the key skills outlined by Charanga, we have also developed our own key skills and progression document to outline key skills that we would like out children to acquire.  

Music At Moorcroft Wood

The children really enjoyed taking part in the African Drumming workshop which was organised as part of Diversity Week (May 2023).

Year 5 children enjoyed taking part in the African Carnival event at Walsall Art Gallery.  The children performed a song called 'The Windrush Anthem' which celebrates the contribution that people from the Caribbean have made to British society. 

Music Subject Action Plan