St Paul's Catholic Primary School, V.A.

Where the children grow in the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.


We use the music scheme of work, Charanga, to support teachers and HLTAs delivering the music curriculum at St Paul's Catholic Primary School, VA. We also teach the children traditional and modern hymns. 

Details of the Scheme- Taken from the Charanga overview for teachers. 

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.

Ofsted have stated that “We will not always know the learning outcomes” so segregated learning objectives at the start of each lesson are not appropriate. Instead the interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.

How the Scheme is structured

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
    1. Warm-up Games
    2. Optional Flexible Games
    3. Singing
    4. Playing instruments
    5. Improvisation
    6. Composition
  3. Performing


Mastery in our music lessons

Charanga Musical School Units of Work enable 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 Activity Manual guides you through each strand of musical learning from Reception to Upper Key Stage 2 in order for you, as a teacher, to plan for your teaching and to see the opportunity to embed a deeper learning, knowledge, understanding and skills.

Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It's just shifting within the spiral. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new.


  • A class set or half a class set of glockenspiels - this is the most important resource along with any un-tuned percussion instruments you might have in school
  • iPad app - glock or un-tuned percussion app can be used
  • Recorders - use if you have experience playing and teaching this instrument
  • If children play band/orchestral instruments, encourage them to use those instruments in the music lesson
  • A combination of the above

Progression and Sequencing of the Charanga music scheme of work.

Diocese School Singing Programme

Year 4 and 5 receive weekly singing sessions as part of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme. These are delivered by an expert Choral Director from the Diocese, focusing on positive engagement with singing and supporting the Catholic life of the school through sacred music. The sessions offer practical and incremental coverage of areas of the music curriculum - including notation - in a two-year curriculum framework developed by the Diocese, the National Schools Singing Programme and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Pupils also have the opportunity to join one of the Diocese's acclaimed after-school choirs. You can find online resources that support this work on the Schools Singing Programme's YouTube channel ( Our local Diocese choir is Leeds Cathedral Choir - please contact for more information about joining.

Year 4 and Year 5 have been learning all about dynamics, tempo and notation. They showcased their wonderful songs for their parents and other classes in the school. Please see below for some examples from their performance. 

Here is an example of a Year 2 Charanga lesson. The children at St. Paul's love music. 

Young Voices - Sheffield Arena

See below for videos from our trip to the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena. Thousands of children coming together in song and dance was a wonderful experience for both the children and staff.