“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” – Stevie Wonder
At Ghost Hill we refer to music as 'becoming musicians'. This supports children to understand they are following a music curriculum, developing the knowledge and skills to be musicians both now and in the future. We encourage children to become immersed in musical opportunities, representing 'music is a world within itself'. Our intent is that 'music is a world within itself, with a language we can all understand." This supports all musical abilities at all levels and celebrates musical talent at all levels so all children can develop the knowledge and skills to be musicians.
Music is an integral part of Ghost Hill Infant and Nursery School and is used across the curriculum. We want our children to be inspired and engaged by the songs, lyrics and associated movement that they experience throughout their time in the school, both as part of their daily learning or the more specialised performance opportunities. We want the children to feel reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide as a school.
Music at Ghost Hill is delivered via a scheme called Charanga. The rationale for this scheme is centered upon its support of specialised music teaching. The music offer at Ghost Hill supports an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The Charanga curriculum integrates spaced learning opportunities using a spiral based curriculum approach. This supports a more secure, deeper learning for children and opportunities for mastery of musical knowledge and skills. Charanga also focuses on listening and appraising, musical activities and performing - integrating the the requirements of the National Curriculum in full. Charanga also ensures that the interrelated dimensions of music are at the centre of children's learning in music and are consistently revisited to deepen pupil's understanding of this specialist musical knowledge through application to music in different contexts.