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Curriculum Overview - Following 'Charanga'

Purpose of study: Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


Aims: The national curriculum, for music, aims to ensure that all pupils: 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 and 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.


Attainment targets: By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Subject content:


  • Pupils in our EYFS have music embedded within their learning on a daily basis. As well as lots of opportunities to sing as a group and learn new skills. 

Key stage 1:

  • Pupils should be taught to: Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music, experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Our children in Year 1 always have access to music within their provision to help them explore and develop new skills.

Key stage 2: 

  •  Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
  • Pupils should be taught to: play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music and listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing oral memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations, appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians and  develop an understanding of the history of music.


Charanga and Extra Curricular

As a school we follow the 'Charanga' music scheme. The above picture outlines every topic and genre covered over the course of the year in every year group. This particular scheme is adapted in lesson to excite the children when they learn about music. To keep everyone safe we ensure we are following government guidelines. Your child will have access to music at home  via their 'Yumu' login. If this is something your child does not have please do not hesitate to contact the school or mention it to their class Teacher so they can access this at home. 


We seek lots of opportunities for our children to access extra curricular activities across the school.  At Middleton lots of children participate in instrument lessons working with MK Music Co-op and their fabulous teaching staff. We also have a school choir and they attend 'Young Voices' every year. As a school we also like to hold a annual 'Winter Singalong' and Foundation perform a Nativity every year to name a few!

Performing Arts

Performing Arts as a subject encompasses as a subject covers anything to do with 'Performing' with a paticular focus on Music and Drama. Although 'Performing Arts' isn't explicitly included within the national curriculum or taught as a stand alone lesson, Middleton understands the importance of 'Performing Arts'. This subject is taught across the curriculum and is included in lots of the children's learning. For example drama may be used as a tool to understand a character in English or to act out a paticular scene in history. 'Performing Arts' gives our children the chance to practice empathy, work as a team, develop their communication skills and build up their confidence. It also provides them with a platform to explore expression and creativity!