New Bolsover Primary School

  1. Our School
  2. Curriculum
  3. Music




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 at New Bolsover

Music at New Bolsover is taught by class teachers using the Charanga Music Scheme. This is supplemented with units teaching the Derbyshire handbells scheme. Children sing in assembly and at events for special occasions. 


Instrumental Tuition in Year 4 

In year four, all children learn to play the flute, taught by specially trained teachers as part of the National Plan for Music Education. 


Charanga Music Scheme

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.

Ofsted have stated that “We will not always know the learning outcomes” so segregated learning objectives at the start of each lesson are not appropriate. Instead the interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.

How the Scheme is structured

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

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
    • Warm-up Games
    • Optional Flexible Games
    • Singing
    • Playing instruments
    • Improvisation
    • Composition
  3. Performing