At Chadsmead, we want our children to develop a real enjoyment of music by having opportunities to perform, compose, listen and respond. We aim to provide the foundation of music skills that can be developed throughout pupils’ continuing education as well as something to be enjoyed throughout their lives.
We see the value of children being able to perform together regularly during the academic year and we notice the confidence pupils gain as they progress through the school.
We ensure all KS2 two children have the chance to take part in extra-curricular music lessons and so we offer a range of instruments in large ensembles, small group lessons or in whole key stage opportunities; we hope that the varied groups ensure cost is not a barrier to participation.
Class music lessons from Reception through to Year 6 are taught using the highly-regarded ‘Charanga Musical School’ resources. These develop children’s skills and meet the requirements of the national curriculum for music. As children progress through the school, previous knowledge is built upon and firm foundations are created for their music lessons at high school.
Through their time at Chadsmead the children will appreciate and discuss the music they hear, identify features and express opinions across a wide range of musical genres. Pupils will have composed/improvised and taken part in various performances.
In addition to class lessons, pupils from key stages one and two attend a weekly singing session led by our music specialist. Often these sessions lead to performances to which parents are invited.
We want our children to develop a love of singing and to enjoy performing together. Music is often at the heart of our whole-school celebrations, such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in May 2022. We also accept opportunities to take our singing out into the community, particularly with our older pupils. Recent years have seen our Y5/6 pupils performing at The Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Fuse Festival, MusicShare Concerts and, most recently, Young Voices at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.