Music

At Churchfields Junior School, we value and place high-emphasis on the teaching of The Arts. ‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’ (National Curriculum, updated 2021).

 

How Do We Teach Music?

Each year, our pupils receive specific music instruction from trained musicians in order to experience and learn how to play a string, woodwind or brass instrument. Additionally, all pupils are provided with their own instrument for which they take responsibility of for that academic year and use at home to practise the skills learnt at school during the week. Pupils at Churchfields see themselves as ‘whole musicians’: composers, performers and informed listeners. Music lessons at Churchfields take place every week and provide pupils with opportunities to learn about and explore music through performing, composing, listening and appraising. Pupils who have previously had access to instrumental tuition outside of whole class lessons are suitably challenged by our highly-trained music teachers. Pupils develop their awareness of the differences and similarities between music of different eras, composers and countries and are able to confidently discuss these using the specialised vocabulary taught throughout their musical instruction at our school.

Illustration of guitar, recorder, music notes and African drum

Read our Music Policy

Our Music Leader is Mrs McNamara

Our Music Link Governor is Mr Gulabkhan

Boy playing the clarinet

Meet the Music Champions

We are a boys’ choir who love to sing different songs from around the world in unison and harmony.

Listening to recorded music is an important aspect of every music lesson. Pupils are introduced to a wide range of music, including Early and World Music. At times the music selected may take topics into account, but musical progress is paramount. For a part of Year 6, pupils use computers to improve their understanding of music theory and develop their listening skills. They have chances to compose using the same programme and various internet websites. Throughout Years 4, 5 and 6, children are taught about major composers and significant historical periods in music (eg: baroque). They also learn about music from other cultures.

 

The music curriculum offers opportunities for performance and pupils are encouraged to present their work with an audience in mind. Other children, who are the audience, are encouraged to listen attentively with consideration for performers. Compositions may be recorded and performed in class, in assembly or as part of other performances for children and parents. Sometimes the children compose music for dance work. Alternating between dancing and playing improves the quality of the music.

 

Children in all year groups sing weekly for half an hour in Big Sing. This is organised in two sessions, one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School. Songs are sung in unison and in parts and become more challenging in the Upper School. Songs are practised for assembly, concerts and just for fun. Some un-tuned percussion is often used. Children clap and sing back rhythms, and develop their ear for music through the Tonic Solfa Kodaly Hand Signs.

Teaching and Learning

Our children are given as much practical experience of music as possible, backed up by factual, informative teaching. We provide all pupils, particularly the least able, with a supportive atmosphere in which to develop their music skills.

 

We offer learning opportunities that build on pupils’ previous experiences. Children can link their experiences of composition to those listening to recorded or live music and learn with confidence and curiosity about the music of various ages and origins.

 

Our pupils see themselves as ‘whole musicians’: composers, performers and informed listeners. Children who already receive more formal instrumental tuition, often from peripatetic staff at school, are happy to improvise and compose using their instrument, or any other instruments.

  • Those who enjoy singing may be challenged further by joining one of our two choirs. Children perform in school concerts, at the Royal Albert Hall in the biannual Redbridge Choral Festival, the Redbridge Schools’ Festival and the Stratford Music Festival.

 

  • Instrumental Lessons/Orchestra – Children are taught by the visiting Rednbridge Music staff. Many pupils benefit from these lessons, which take place during the school day. Using pupil premium funding we actively encourage all FSM children to have instrument lessons and free instrument hire. When they have been learning their instrument for about a year they join the school orchestra and play at various important school functions and concerts.
  • Children who play an instrument are encouraged to share their progress with their class and if possible given an opportunity to demonstrate how their instrument works.
Girl playing the drums

Beyond the National Curriculum