Pupils at Churchfields see themselves as ‘whole musicians’: composers, performers and informed listeners. All pupils are loaned a musical instrument at the beginning of each academic year and engage in practical music lessons which give them access to opportunities for learning and exploring music through performing, composing, listening and appraising.
All pupils have a weekly whole class music lesson taught by specialist music teachers in a nurturing, supportive atmosphere in which they can develop their music skills. Pupils who have previously had access to instrumental tuition outside of whole class lessons are suitably challenged while those who do not have previous experience can also access lesson content confidently.
Churchfields offers learning opportunities that build on pupils’ previous experiences and enable them to link their experiences of composition and performance to those listening to recorded or live music. Pupils develop their awareness of the differences and similarities between music from different eras, composers and countries; they are able to confidently discuss these using the inter-related dimensions of music and an awareness of the role of music in the lives of different people throughout history.