Subject Leader: Mrs Ford
To develop a love of music across all year groups. To perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. To learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Music is an essential part of any education and at Christ Church we strive to make sure that all of our students have as many varied musical opportunities as possible throughout their time here. The articles below focus on a school that went from special measures to being one of the top 10% of schools in the country, all because of the transformative integration of music lessons given through the initiative of a teacher who shared his passion for music with his pupils.
How the subject is taught at Christ Church:
Music at Christ Church is taught through a variety of circumstances. Each week the children enjoy a singing assembly where they learn seasonal and topical songs following to the liturgical calendar. The children then have the opportunity to perform the songs they have learned in Harvest, Christmas and Easter services at the church. The KS1 and KS2 choirs meet each week to practise for upcoming concerts at popular Bristol musical venues.
Once a term, Christ Church hosts a mini concert for student musicians. Peripatetic teachers offer lessons for Clarinet, Flute, Drums and Violin. During the year, those who play orchestral instruments have the opportunity to participate in an orchestra workshop with other Bristol schools. Every other year, a group of around 60 pupils perform in a joint concert with Clifton College that features solo or group ensembles and whole choir joint school songs focusing on pop, jazz and musical numbers.
Year 3 has the opportunity each year to participate in a whole class 6 week instrumental teaching workshop, led by one of the tutors from Bristol Plays Music. In the past this has ranged from ukulele playing to steel pans, and this year they will be exploring African drumming.
Class music is taught by class teachers. Our music coordinator Mrs. Ford, a former concert pianist, is part of a group of talented teachers and musicians who have recently written an exciting new Bristol based music curriculum following the programmes of study and attainment targets for KS1 and KS2 according to the new national curriculum for music and the Early Learning Goals for EYFS. The curriculum was launched in January 2016. Teachers at Christ Church teach to this curriculum.
Children’s outcomes in lessons are used to inform planning. After each music lesson, teachers will assess children through both assessment sheets and using recording software for evidence and assessment. At the end of a unit of work each child is assessed against the subject’s National Curriculum objectives using must, should and could criteria. By the end of the school year the class teacher will have built a record of all children’s progress in their cohort for subject leaders to analyse and new class teachers can use them to gain a picture of new classes progress and attainment in order to inform planning and teaching.
Opportunities for the application of core subjects and wider curriculum learning
Music is taught at Christ Church both discretely and where appropriate is incorporated across the wider curriculum such as geography, history and art, but also used to teach fundamental concepts in core subjects of science, literacy and maths. Children are encouraged to explore music through both apps and recording software across the year groups, combining their computing skills with musical creativity.