At Christ Church Infant School and Nursery we believe music must be inclusive and accessible to all children. We want children to develop a love of music through being exposed to different types of music: genres, composers, styles of music through high quality examples that are performed via live experiences or technology. We want to inspire our children to be creative by exposing them to high quality specialist teaching and a range of diverse musical taste from adult role models.
Through the Music curriculum, our children will develop the skills to be confident communicators. They can share ideas, plan independently and collaboratively, begin to understand notation, practice and feel confident performing and sharing their work and skills with others to develop a love of learning in Music.
Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Christ Church Infant School, pupils begin to build a repertoire of songs and rhymes and to play and explore the different sounds of percussion instruments through a range of carefully planned teacher led and co-play activities. Children will experiment with sound and will develop a love and appreciation of music. There are opportunities for children to listen to and explore ways of moving in response to a range of music from different cultures e.g. Kenya day, Diwali day.
In the new EYFS Statutory Framework, Music is included within the “Expressive Arts and Design” and through Communication and Language
Music is taught through direct teaching, child led activities and continuous provision.
Key Stage 1
In KS1 each class receives a one hour music lesson each week in addition to singing praise and songs and music used as part of daily worship. Our specialist providers, Junior Jam, will plan and deliver music lessons in KS1, and provide a clear learning journey across the Federation ensuring that there is progression in skills and knowledge.
Key stage 1 will focus on four aspects
Introduction to Singing, Listening, Composing and Performing.
These aspects will be delivered by specialist providers Junior Jam through;
Samba drumming, Singing, African drumming, song writing lite level 1 and 2, Steel pans, Music theory lite level 1 and 2, keyboard lite level 1 and 2 and boomwhackers, keyboards and percussion.
In addition to this we provide a weekly whole school singing practice, opportunities to listen to music during other curriculum areas and opportunities to perform during music lessons, worship and special services in church. For example: Whole school Harvest worship, key stage Nativities or Christmas production, Easter service and an end of year celebration leavers service led by Year 2.
We also provide opportunities for the children to experience live music by inviting performers into school e.g. Wolverhampton Music Service and a Polyphone workshop.
The children at Christ Church will be confident performers and will have developed a lifelong love of music. They will develop an appreciation for each other’s compositions and contributions, expressing their likes and dislikes in a sympathetic manner.
By the end of the EYFS the children will have achieved the ELG in Expressive Arts and Designs.
ELG: Being Imaginative and Expressive Children at the expected level of development will: - Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher; - Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs; Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.
By the end of KS1 the children will have achieved the age-related expectation.
Key stage 1: Pupils should 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.