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"The curriculum is interesting and varied and motivates pupils to succeed."

Ofsted

Music

At Down Ampney we follow the music scheme ‘Charanga’ which adheres to the ‘Model Music Curriculum 2021’ (MMC) – the latest non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) which provides a practical framework through which the statutory requirements of the curriculum can be met. The aim of the MMC is to ensure a universal provision of music education, for all pupils in all schools, whereby they receive a minimum of 1 hour of music teaching a week at Key stages 1 and 2.  

 Each class is taught Music once a week for 1 hour, covering the art of listening, performing, composing, singing and musicianship through every lesson, using musical vocabulary throughout their learning. The Charanga music scheme uses lots of visual aids and interactive resources to support your children’s learning about music. We have class sets of glockenspiels as well as a variety of percussion instruments available to use within our lessons.  

At Down Ampney we aim to deliver high quality music lessons that engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music to help increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement as musicians.  

At the end of each term, each class shares and performs the songs they have been learning in that unit. This is a great opportunity for children to show the skills they have learnt, build their confidence and a fun way to share music with the rest of the school community.  

Music is taught in Key Stages with year 1 and 2 having music together, and years 3,4,5 and 6 in the same music class. Expectation is differentiated by year group, through use of specific vocabulary as well as through deeper questioning and understanding of musicianship.