Music at Firs

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At Firs Primary we are committed in creating a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity; Music.

We are dedicated to ensuring that every child is given a high quality music education which will engage, inspire and develop a love of music, musical talent and as a result build on self-confidence,. Therefore giving each child a sense of achievement.

Through our well thought out curriculum children are given the opportunity to build on their musical vocabulary, perform, listen and evaluate as well as look in depth at the inter related dimensions with in music. They are then given the opportunity to apply what they have learnt through wider opportunities provided to them both in and outside of school.


What Music Scheme do we use?


The award winning music scheme Charanga has been carefully chosen in order to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to cover the music national curriculum whilst at Firs.

Charanga allows for all staff to deliver high quality lessons, which are exciting, challenging and progressive. Resources used during every lesson are both interactive and hands on.


Charanga is a flexible scheme which allows staff to differentiate where appropriate for all needs and it’s specific SEND curriculum allows for more personalised teaching where necessary.

At Firs we have adapted the Charanga scheme to suit the needs of our children. The scheme has been carefully adapted for all year groups (EYFS, KS1 & KS2) to ensure that as children progress through school, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical ability.


Cultural Capital


Music at Firs not only develops the children’s knowledge within the classroom but it allows children to explore their love of music further through the links we have with Sinfonia Viva, Young Voices, Derby Theatre, 2Beez, Wider Ops and Derbyshire Music Partnership. This ensures that all children from any background are exposed to cultural experiences that they may not get elsewhere

In Year 4 the children take part in the Wider Ops programme run by the Derbyshire Music Education Hub where all children have weekly music lessons to learn the violin. Within these lessons children are also taught about the inter-related dimensions within music and how to use them effectively when playing and performing. Children are then given the opportunity to display their talent alongside the Halle Orchestra at Derby Arena in July.


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Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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