Music at Hartley
Music is taught using the Charanga programme from Reception to Year 6. Charanga is an online platform and all teachers are provided with a login.
Lessons cover the skills of listening and appraising, singing, performing, improvising and composing. As part of the process children develop and appreciate a variety of styles from across the world, explore ways of writing music down (notation) and how pieces are structured. To support teaching of the music curriculum there is also a wide range of instruments for the children to use when learning, performing or composing music. Children use both tuned and untuned instruments.
Singing lies at the heart of our lessons. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. At Hartley, we hold weekly singing assemblies for all children that are linked to the Charanga programme.
In addition, children’s enjoyment and appreciation of music are enhanced through performances at Festival assemblies and the opportunity to participate in the school choir and Newham Harmony Music Project.
Every Child A Musician (ECaM)
Pupils in Year 5 and 6 are given a chance to learn an instrument through the ECaM (Every Child a Musician) scheme. We currently offer lessons in guitar and violin.
Music tutors provide forty-five minute lessons to the children before the school day. Lessons take place in small groups on a weekly basis. Children are entered into professional examinations when ready. There is no charge for the instruments nor the lessons and children have the opportunity to continue them as they move onto secondary school. Children are given music books and tutors communicate their progress with parents through this book.
Music Curriculum Overview