Music is an integral and well-resourced part of life at St Michael’s CE Academy.  It features in our collective worship, in after school clubs, in individual tuition, whole class guitar lessons and during our Dance lessons.  Our children are exposed to music and asked to think critically and also to sit back and enjoy listening or composing.

Music is planned in-line with the statements laid out in the National Curriculum. Music is planned with cross-curricular links where possible with Charanga being used to supplement and provide extra support and resources to enhance music teaching. Charanga provides many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Charanga is a scheme of work which offers a topic-based approach to support children’s learning in music. A progression grid has been developed using the key objectives from the National Curriculum and Charanga, which is used by teachers to develop sequential long and medium term plans.


Through our music lessons children are actively involved in a wide range of musical opportunities. Children develop their singing voices, using body percussion and whole body actions, and learning 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 have opportunities to explore sounds, listen actively, compose and perform.

Charanga Music Progression

Music progression through Dance

Key Musical Works Children Will Learn

Dance and Music Plans 2021 - 2022

Dance Competencies

Music Action Plan