School Vision

Developing beliefs and aspirations within a strong community.

Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” 

Matthew 19:14

Believe, Belong, Achieve

We aspire to provide our children with a rich and varied music curriculum, enabling them to gain a firm understanding of the subject. We  strive for pupils to have an appreciation for the joy of music, a love for singing and a range of musical experiences and skills, through both individual and collective experiences. Through lessons and peripatetic teaching, pupils gain the skills and knowledge needed to be successful musicians. Music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can change the way people feel, think and act. It combines creativity with emotion, enabling personal expression, reflection and development. Through performance, evaluation, composition and theory, pupils gain a love of music that they will carry through their lives. 

Intent, Implementation and Impact

At Tolleshunt D’Arcy Primary Academy, we value music as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Music provides the children with the opportunities to revisit prior learning, composition and evaluating skills whilst expressing their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Achievements and individuality are celebrated and encouraged to develop their individual beliefs and sense of belonging. The music education is  based on the National Curriculum expectations through the Charanga music scheme. It engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to learn and progress. As pupils progress, they think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of music in daily life. Music is assessed through verbal constructive feedback and next steps, with further opportunities to create, improve and evaluate their performances, thus ensuring skills are developed.

We believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practise self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school and make music an enjoyable learning experience. 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 encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children.

Children experience:

  • Playing a variety of musical instruments.
  • Watching live musical performances.
  • Exploring musical technology.
  • Instrument specific lessons being taught by a qualified musician.
  • Opportunity of having extra music tuition (additional costs apply).
  • Performing in a school production.
  • Weekly sing and praise.
  • Experiencing a pantomime.
Year GroupAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
EYFS Year ACharanga Unit:  EYFS: Me!NativityCharanga Unit:  EYFS: Everyone!Charanga Unit:  EYFS: Song CollectionsCharanga Unit:  EYFS: Big Bear FunkCharanga Unit: Year 1: Introducing Beat 
EYFS Year BCharanga Unit: EYFS: My Stories NativityCharanga Unit:  EYFS: Our World Charanga Unit: EYFS: Song Collections Charanga Unit:  EYFS: Reflect, Rewind, ReplayCharanga Unit: Year 1: Introducing Beat  
Year 1/2 ACharanga Unit: Adding Rhythm and Pitch How Does Music Tell Stories About the Past?NativityCharanga Unit: Exploring Feelings Through Music How does music make the world a better place?Charanga Unit:  Singing Unit:  Friendship SongCharanga Unit:  Having Fun with Improvisation What Songs Can We Sing to Help Us Through the Day?Charanga Unit: Glockenspiel Stage 1
Year 1/2 BCharanga Unit: Exploring Simple Patterns How does music help us to make friends?  Nativity Charanga Unit:  Focus on dynamics and tempo How does music teach us about the past?Charanga Unit:  Singing Unit: Zootime Charanga Unit:  Inventing a Musical Story How Does Music Teach Us About Our Neighbourhood? Charanga Unit:  Recorder 1 
Year 3/4 ACharanga Unit: Developing Notation Skills How Does Music Bring us Closer Together? Charanga Unit: Enjoying Improvisation What Stories Does Music Tell us About Our Past?  Charanga Unit:  Recognising Different Sounds How Does Music Connect Us With Our Planet?Charanga Unit:  Singing Unit HappyCharanga Unit:  Connecting Notes and Feelings How Does Music Shape Our Way of Life? Charanga Unit:  Glockenspiel Stage 2
KS2 Production
Year 3/4 BCharanga Unit:  Interesting Time Signatures How Does Music Bring Us Together?Charanga Unit:  Combining Elements to Make Music How Does Music Connect Us With Our Past?Charanga Unit:  Learning More About Musical Styles How Does Music Make a Difference to Us Every Day?Charanga Unit:  Singing Unit Livin’ on a Prayer Charanga Unit: Creating Simple Melodies Together How Does Music Teach Us About Our Community? Charanga Unit: Ukelele Suggested Pathway 
KS2 Producton
Year 5/6 ACharanga Unit:  Emotions and Musical Styles How Does Music Connect Us With Our PastCharanga Unit:  Recorder Suggested PathwayCharanga Unit:  Exploring Key and Time Signatures How Does Music Improve Our World?Charanga Unit:  Singing Unit: Three Little Birds  Charanga Unit:  Digital Composition YuStudio – Hip Hop  KS2 Production 
Year 5/6 BCharanga Unit:  Gaining Confidence Through Performance How Does Music Improve Our World?Charanga Unit:  Ukulele Suggested Pathway  Charanga Unit:  Words, Meaning and ExpressionHow Does Music Shape Our Way of Life?Charanga Unit:  Classroom Jazz 1  Charanga Unit:  Digital Composition YuStudio – Grime KS2 Production