White House Farm Primary School Music Overview

White House Farm Primary School Music Progression Document



At White House Farm Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres.

We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music.

Through whole class music lessons, school choirs and peripatetic music lessons, we aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.



At White House Farm Primary School we deliver a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum through Charanga.

Charanga is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music.

 A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development.

 By using Charanga as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that they are fulfilling the aims for musical learning stated in the National Curriculum.

Charanga includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre.

Charanga provides a classroom-based, participatory and inclusive approach to music learning.

Throughout the scheme, children are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole-body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music.

While Music is not a timetabled weekly lesson in EYFS, music opportunities are planned for as part of continuous provision as well as discrete lessons where appropriate.  Teachers will seek opportunities to teach new concepts and topics through songs.  In KS1 and KS2, children will take part in weekly music lessons.  They will be given opportunities to learn music specific vocabulary in a meaningful context. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform. skill and given chance for collaboration through composition

In addition to this, teachers will supplement their teaching of singing using ‘Sing-up’.  This will be used to embed singing across the curriculum as well to increase opportunities for class and whole school performances.

The teaching within school will be supplemented via access to Norfolk Music Hubs peripatetic music lessons and choirs

This will include:

KS1: Recorder lessons and After School Choir

KS2: Recorder, Piano and Drum lessons and After School Choir


All children will participate in quality music sessions across the year with each unit of lessons showing the objectives of the lesson; progression; key vocabulary and teacher assessment opportunities.

The Charanga Scheme of Work has clear sequences of lessons, lesson objectives and outlines, along with the resources needed to teach them; this will enable all members of staff (including non-specialists) to deliver well-planned quality lessons, with appropriate differentiation.

Subject Leaders measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Recordings of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Communication & Language Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using PupilAsset


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