Music is a strength of our school. The ‘Charanga’ curriculum is taught through a weekly lesson by Mrs Simcox who has several years of experience teaching and conducting music and music theory to children aged 3-18. Based on the ‘New 2014 Primary Curriculum’, children are immersed in a holistic approach to music teaching which combines the key skills of listening, evaluating and composing. Children are taught from Year 1 how ‘notes’ appear on a page and how music is made up, extending skills by the end of Year 6 to formal composition writing and evaluating. Singing also features heavily in the curriculum as it is one of the most exciting ways to learn about the different ways that music can be performed and written. Our pupils have taken part in events such as the ‘Forest Arts Singing Festival’ and ‘Young Voices’ at the LG Arena. Each term, pupils present a celebration of their musical talents to parents/carers and the annual ‘summer show’ is a highlight in the school calendar, showcasing the many talents of Castlefort pupils.