At St.Augustine’s Catholic Academy we aim to offer an enjoyable experience through the teaching of music that inspires and motivates children within their learning. Through a range of musical experiences children are encouraged to grow in confidence and will be given opportunities to explore, discover and develop their technical skills. They will develop through the provision of practical music lesson that are accessible by all, and challenging to children who are more musically developed.
Within our school, music is also a way of celebrating our faith and deepening our relationship with God through prayer, reflection, praise and celebration.
Music lessons are timetabled for each class on a weekly basis. This involves both whole class and small group activities.
Pupils’ understanding of music will be developed through activities which bring together the requirements of performing, composing, listening and appraising in order to meet the expectations of the national curriculum. Children are taught to recognise the musical elements of:
Charanga Music School
At St. Augustine's we use Charanga Music School. This offers a scheme that provides a range of musical learning that caters for the needs of all children and provides full coverage of the National curriculum.
Through the use of Charanga Music School Children will be taught to understand musical notation and compose and create music together. They will also be taught to sing and play using the correct timing, sound and pace. Graphically and symbolically they will learn to represent music sounds that also identifies the length of notation.
City Music Service
We have a range of professional music teachers that join us in school to teach specialist instruments and singing. Each class learning specialist instruments or singing takes part as in a live performance later in the year.
Specialist Music teachers:
Y2 - Song Birds Performance: Song Birds
Y3 - Recorders Performance: Recorder festival
Y5 - Violins Performance: Halle Come and Play
Y6 - Specialist Violins Performance: City Music Orchestra
St Augustine's have also been specially selected to represent Stoke in the Big Sing at Symphony Hall.
For more information on the City Music Service see -
Learning together with your child
City Music Service who provide teaching of violins, recorders and song birds in school now have a Youtube Channel that offers loads of great songs to learn and guidance on certain musical instruments.
Find this here:
Charanga Music School Home Learning - Charanga YUMU
For the best home learning experience visit Charanga and help your child log in to complete the set unit of work.
Each child has received their Charanga log in through Purple Mash 2 Email.
Foundation Stage (Nursery/ Reception) have received their Charanga Log in through the School email to parents.
Charanga is a resource that the school uses to help with the provision of Music and has been highly regarded by experts as being a fantastic music experience that caters for the Music curriculum.
Charanga YUMU is an area for children to log into and complete different musical tasks appropriate for their age group. Follow the link below to log in. It's great fun!
Year 1 - Untuned Instruments and timing
Year 2 - Singing songs
Year 3 - The History of Music
Year 4 - Compose
Year 5 - Improvise and Compose
Year 6 - Play and Perform