At Chadsmead, we want children in all year groups to develop a real enjoyment of music by having opportunities to perform, compose, listen and respond.
In EYFS, pupils explore music during continuous provision.
In KS1 and KS2, pupils actively participate in class music lessons, assemblies, regular performances during the year as well as having the opportunity (in Key Stage 2) to take instrumental lessons with visiting peripatetic staff. We realise that many children do not have access to musical experiences prior to joining our school, so Chadsmead will provide wide-ranging opportunities for all pupils. We want our children to develop a love of singing and to enjoy performing together. We intend 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.
Music teaching in classes meets the expectations of the national curriculum through use of resources from the highly-regarded Charanga Musical School. This is a complete interactive scheme to teach the national curriculum for music with a wide range of songs, topics and instrumental courses. Following the Charanga scheme ensures regular repetition of the inter-related dimensions of music (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations) as well as progression from one year to the next.
Class lessons are just part of music provision at Chadsmead. In KS2, pupils are all given the opportunity to take instrumental tuition. Ensemble groups take place weekly and are available in violin (Y3/4) and guitar (Y5/6). These offer pupils the chance to participate in larger groups which make the cost more accessible. Small group tuition is offered in keyboard, woodwind, string, percussion, brass instruments and voice, usually in groups of four. Choir takes place each week to give pupils the opportunity to enjoy group participation in music without any additional cost.
Each year, pupils learn songs for our Harvest, Christmas and Easter performances to which parents are invited. In the summer term, our extremely popular ‘Chadsmead’s Got Talent’ showcases skills from lessons taken both in and out of school and our annual Summer Music Concert is an opportunity for all our instrumental pupils to perform to a larger audience. There are often opportunities for our pupils to be involved in performances within our wider community. In recent years, these have included Music Share performances (arranged through Lichfield Cathedral); The Lichfield Festival and The Lichfield Fuse Festival.
Chadsmead is fortunate to have many members of staff with significant skills in music, both at degree level as well as a genuine love of performing. In addition, we have visiting music teachers from Entrust with long-standing service to our school who continue to provide excellent instrumental tuition. Together, we see the pleasure that can be gained from participating in music and we acknowledge the significant social benefits that are gained from this subject.
Most children will achieve age-related expectations and will retain their knowledge, as well as a love of music, as they move on to high school. Pupils appreciate and discuss the music they hear; identify features and express their opinions across a wide range of musical genres. Pupils have composed/improvised within lessons and have taken part in various performances. Some pupils will have performed in large ensembles and others as small groups/soloists within the school setting. Many students will also have represented our school when performing elsewhere in our community.