At Frederick Bird, we use The Charanga Musical School Scheme ( and their model music curriculum. This is based on the latest Government research into teaching music and their suggested curriculum.

Charanga provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

Each Unit of Work focuses on the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  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

Charanga enables children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills.

As a school, we believe in the importance of giving the children the opportunity to try new skills and to experience things that they might not otherwise have access to, such as playing an instrument. 

Alongside weekly Charanga lessons, there is the opportunity in some year groups to learn to play different instruments ,under the tuition of a specialist, and take part in various singing opportunities. Currently, two year groups are learning to play the ukulele and a number of children are learning the trumpet. There are choir lessons for Year 6.