Music

Intent:

Here at Christ the King we offer a comprehensive and engaging music scheme across the key stages. Music is a practical subject and our children are actively involved in performing, improvising, composing, listening to and appraising music. We encourage children to access instruments where possible and engage in musical activities, with freedom to support creativity. Using technology, we can access new, exciting and accessible music apps to compose, produce and perform.

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Implementation:

The 2021 Model Music Curriculum (MMC) sits at the heart of the Government’s agenda for supporting curriculum music in schools during Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. The aim of the MMC is to ensure a universal provision of music education, for all pupils in all schools. The Model Music Curriculum is designed to introduce the next generation to a broad repertoire of music from the Western Classical tradition, and to the best popular music and music from around the world.

It is designed to assist rather than to prescribe, providing a benchmark to help teachers, school leaders and curriculum designers make sure every music lesson is of the highest quality.

EYFS and KS1

Pupils in EYFS and KS1 will be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

This year we have taken a different approach to ensuring these targets are met by using a new scheme called Charanga. The learning within this Scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities — creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing. Charanga reinforces continuous genuine music-making as desired by OFSTED, and includes a vast library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps.

KS2

By the time our children reach KS2 they will have already have been immersed in an exciting and hands on curriculum giving them the skills and knowledge needed to access the wider opportunities given in KS2. Pupils will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. To achieve this, Year 3-6 have weekly hour music lessons with Mr Curtis, a qualified music teacher from ‘Resonate- Liverpool’s Music Hub.’  Mr Curtis provides 

practical music lessons exploring the building blocks of music such as communicating through sound, using music to express feelings and mood, and creating songs and musical soundscapes. 

The children experience;

  • Singing.
  • Playing instruments (Cornets and Trumpets)
  • Movement in music
  • Composition and improvisation.

Lessons are designed to meet the needs of our children in each class as well as addressing the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Resonate provide on-going curriculum support and enrichment delivered by the team of experienced, qualified classroom teachers. Wider Opportunities can also be incorporated into this provision.

“At Christ the King every pupil learns to play- they learn within not simply about it. The skills they gain are useful in so many areas of life but they are already accomplished musicians in their own right.” – Mr. Curtis

Extra-Curricular

Here at Christ the King we offer many different music based clubs or lessons.

Children can attend;

Choir

Our choir has been growing year by year and have flourished in recent years through opportunities to perform both inside and outside of our school.  

Brass Ensemble

This ensemble will come together every Wednesday lunchtime to practice and rehearse together. There will be numerous opportunities for the ensemble to perform pieces of music throughout the year including concerts and performances during school time.

Impact:

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