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At The Gateway, we recognise that a ‘high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music’. We have chosen to use the ‘Charanga’ a music scheme supported by Kent Interactive Music alongside whole class ukulele and violin teaching in KS2. This ensures that all of our pupils access the music curriculum in a progressive, creative and cross-curricular approach across the school.

We also offer individual piano lessons from Year 3 upwards. Please contact the school office from more information about the cost of these lessons and to register your interest if you wish your child to attend. 


Through our Music curriculum provides the opportunity for our pupils to engage creatively with Music, gain knowledge of how Music is created, develop a love of Music and develop their talents as Musicians.




Music is taught across the school following the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work, which was written by Kent Interactive Music specialists. To enhance the children's learning in music, music lessons in Years 3, 4 and 5 are taught by music specialists. This approach to music gives all of our pupils the opportunity to learn to sing and play a musical instrument to a high standard.

Our EYFS, provides opportunities to apply taught music knowledge in the children’s learning environment and investigate a range of musical instruments.

In Key Stage One, music is taught through the Charanga scheme once a week, which gives our children the opportunity to use their voices expressively, learn a range of songs, play untuned instruments and develop their skills to appraise music. In the Summer term of Year 2, pupils are introduced to tuned instruments when they begin to play the ocarina. At the end of Year 2, pupils are also given to the opportunity to perform when we attend the local Year 2 singing festival.

In Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop their music appreciation through the Charanga scheme and learn the recorder on a weekly basis. In Year 3, children attend a recorder festival at the end of the year, where they have the opportunity to perform with other schools. In Year 4 and 5 pupils are taught the violin/ukulele by a music specialist.  In Year 5, children participate in Choral Outreach sessions taught by a music specialist. As a part of this they learn a range of songs and perform on stage at the Orchard Theatre.

In Year 6, pupils consolidate music taught previously from across the school. They also continue to use Charanga to appraise music and develop their understanding of the history of music.

Within our topics pupils also have the opportunity to listen and appraise music and learn about composers, styles, traditions across historical periods. Pupils also listen to a range of music at the beginning of our Collective Worship and have the opportunity to discuss it.

Singing is a valued part of children’s development and they participate in a weekly hymn practice and learn songs in preparation for Harvest Festival and our Christmas show, which are both performed to parents.

National Curriculum

Our music curriculum fulfils the following aims from the National Curriculum:

  • Perform, listen to 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.


Our music curriculum, introduces our pupils to a range of famous musicians from different backgrounds and from different historical periods. We also celebrate different musicians during whole school collective worship and encourage pupils to research them as a part of their home learning. Our music teaching aims to give pupils an understanding of the different periods of music (see History of music poster below). All of our music sessions, start with the children appraising a piece of music and they are encouraged to use accurate, musical vocabulary.

For more information about the musical vocabulary your child will be taught across the school, please refer to the documents below:

How will your child be introduced to music in the early years?

Children in EYFS are introduced to music appreciation and simple musical vocabulary. During their whole class teaching, they develop their understanding of timing and working collaboratively. They also use their music sessions to develop their listening skills. Music is promoted in the learning environment by providing children with instruments and the opportunities to practice the skills learnt in music sessions.  Children develop the use of imagination and expression and communication of ideas and feelings through movement, song and musical instruments and are encouraged to express their feelings and preferences in response to music and make some comparisons and links between different pieces.

For more detailed information about the progression in knowledge and skills in Music in our curriculum and what your child will be taught in each year group, please refer to the document below. 

Music Across the School: