Music at GEMS


Music is such a joyous activity, which unites the school community and connects children with their own creativity. 

At Godfrey Ermen Primary we want our children to love music!  Our vision is to give children access to an engaging and fun music curriculum reflecting the world they live in now, but at the same time giving them access to musical styles throughout history. 

Children will be given an opportunity to explore their creativity by learning a musical instrument, broaden their horizons by experiencing live music and develop confidence by performing in front of an audience.

We were proud to be awarded

the Music Mark in 2019/20


At Godfrey Ermen Primary School we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme.  This 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.  It provides an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.  The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.



GEMS Music Scheme 21-22.pdf
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The 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.


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.


Assessment in Music is completed at the end of each unit. Children are assessed against the following key areas which, when taken together, all contribute towards the steadily increasing development of musicianship:

  • Singing
  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing/Instrumental Performance
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