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Kirkby La Thorpe
Church of England Primary Academy

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Music at KLT



At KLT our intention is to deliver a Music curriculum that enables our pupils to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. At KLT we believe that Music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through assemblies and key stage performances, children showcase their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others.



At KLT, the scheme Charanga is used to deliver our Music curriculum.  The resource contains schemes of work each with strands linked to each area of the National Curriculum:

  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

The Music curriculum at KLT is embedded in the classroom through practical activities as well as weekly singing during collective worship, various concerts and performances and the opportunity to learn instruments.

Music is delivered to enable children to use some of the language of music to dissect it, understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Music in the Early Years is explored throughout the curriculum. Children experience different musical genres and have the opportunity to use movement and dance to express themselves. Weekly music sessions using Charanga enable our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children to develop an understanding of musical genre, listening skills, rhythm and pitch. During Key Stage 2, children have the opportunity to learn (whole class) how to play tuned and untuned instruments. They also learn how to compose and analyse different music genres.

The Charanga scheme of work is used within our rolling three-year cycle in Reception, Year 1 and 2, and Years 3, 4 and 5. The units within each scheme of work are mapped to enable pupils to access all relevant learning, giving them lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers by the end of each Key Stage.  A single year overview is provided for Year 6. 

Assessment is gathered in a number of effective ways, including whole class recorded performances, children’s self-assessment, peer assessed performances as well as on-going teacher assessments. 




Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse.