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Okehampton Primary School


Music Statement of Intent





“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”

Stevie Wonder


At Okehampton Primary School, we make music an enjoyable learning experience where children are encouraged and supported in building the skills needed to express themselves musically. As with all subjects at Okehampton Primary, we are adamant that children who are at risk of underachieving have their needs skilfully and consistently met to protect them from this risk. With this focus in mind, we aim to provide a music curriculum that inspires children to explore and enjoy singing, composing and performing in a variety of different ways as a means to build confidence, develop creativity and produce a unique sense of achievement and fulfilment.




Our teaching curriculum is centred around ‘Charanga,’ a music-based scheme in line with the National Curriculum, through which children are taught to sing and play instruments via an accessible format all can engage and enjoy music from. In each lesson, the children are given the opportunities to learn, understand and apply musical terminology as they sing, perform and reflect upon a wide selection of different musical genres. As the children progress through the school, this terminology is built upon to enable each child to fully immerse themselves in musical appreciation and evaluation. To accompany each lesson, we also have a wide range of instruments on hand from full class sets of Ukuleles and Melodicas to African drums and Glockenspiels as well as a variety of tutors offering excellent 1:1 lessons in our music studio.




Each child at Okehampton Primary School receives a wide and enriching curriculum, both in the classroom and beyond, which inspires an appreciation of music that extends well beyond their primary education. All areas of our Charanga based curriculum address and deliver a clear progression of skills and knowledge to enable all learners to access and demonstrate at an age-appropriate level.

 In each year group, there is always clear enthusiasm and excitement when music is being taught as these skills are applied, challenged and developed through a range of engaging and inspiring musical activities and performance opportunities.




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, 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.



Music – Charanga Scheme of Work Overview


Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2




Classroom Jazz 2

A New Year Carol

You’ve got a friend

Music and Me

Reflect, Rewind and Replay


Livin’ on a prayer


Classroom Jazz 1

Make you feel my love

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Dancing in the Street

Reflect, Rewind and Replay


Mamma Mia

Glockenspiel Stage 2


Lean on me


Reflect, Rewind and Replay


Let your spirit fly

Glockenspiel Stage 1

Three Little Birds

The Dragon Song

Bringing us together

Reflect, Rewind and Replay


Hands, Feet, Heart

Ho Ho Ho

I wanna play in a band


Friendship Song

Reflect, Rewind and Replay


Hey You!



Rhythm in the way we walk and Banana Rap

In the Groove

Round and Round

Your Imagination

Reflect, Rewind and Replay




My Stories!


Our World

Big Bear Funk

Reflect, Rewind and Replay