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.