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Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Children regularly have the opportunity to perform to their peers as well as a wider audience. Some of our performances have included the whole-school Carol Concert at St. Mary’s Summerstown and Sing Up Day where we celebrated all the amazing singing we do at Smallwood; 

At Smallwood, we follow the The Charanga Musical School Scheme which 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. 

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.