Music is an integral part of life at Cooper Perry Primary School. Our music curriculum gives each child a high-quality music education, ensuring that they are engaged and inspired to develop a love of music, build their own self confidence and to express themselves through their own individual creativity.
We aim to deliver music lessons that are fun and inspiring, engaging the children with songs, lyrics and movement. We want children to reflect on how music makes them feel and to develop their own appreciation of music through the opportunities we provide them at school.
Here at Cooper Perry, we deliver music each week that is supported by the Charanga Musical School Scheme.
Charanga provides teachers with week-by-week lessons for each year group in the school from ages 5-11. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum and is absolutely in line with published Ofsted guidance.
Charanga offers many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through Listening and Appraising, Musical activities (creating and exploring) and Singing and Performing, which enable an understanding of the context and genre. Music skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children embed their learning and build upon their understanding as they move through the school.
Through our music lessons, children are actively involved in a wide range of musical opportunities. Children develop their singing voices, use body percussion and learn to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, children explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.
All children are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, from standard classroom instruments to individual instrumental lessons with the visiting peripatetic staff.
Children in Year 4 further their instrumental skills, with dedicated brass lessons with Stafford Grammar Music Director, Gavin Lamplough.
We also provide many extra-curricular opportunities for the children to take part in, including our ever popular Young Voices Concert.
By the time our children leave our school at the end of Key Stage 2, they will have:
- The ability to compose their own music through a process of reflecting and evaluating.
- The ability to perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
- The knowledge and confidence to play an instrument with ease and enjoyment.
- The ability to explore and create musical improvisations with voices and instruments.
- An awareness of how technology can be used to support music.
- A secure knowledge and understanding of a range of genres, composers and musicians.
- A sound understanding of musical language to describe and talk about music.
- A deeper understanding of how pulse, rhythm and pitch, dynamics and tempo work together and are sprinkled through music.
- A passion for music in both listening and performing.