At Christ Church, we aim to develop curiosity, enthusiasm and passion for music. Every child is provided with the opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of music which they can continue throughout their lives.
Children will gain a firm understanding of what music is. Our children become critical listeners by responding to a wide range of different genres and periods of music, resulting in a deeper understanding. By performing, they develop their vocal and instrumental skills and strive for musical excellence. Furthermore, an understanding of musical elements allows children to explore the ‘building blocks’ of music such as dynamic and musical notation. Children learn independently through improvising and composing their own music.
We want to ensure that all children understand the importance of music in the wider community and are able to transfer their acquired musical skills as they progress throughout their education and beyond.
Reception children explore and practise their skills in imaginative ways.
They have been junk modelling - here is the making stage of a guitar and the guitar being used in a singing performance!
They were also busy learning actions and songs for their Christmas performance.
In Year 1 they were getting ready to perform their Christmas performance virtually and the children learnt songs with actions. York class sang beautifully to 'It was on a starry night' and 'Rat a tat tat'. Hereford sang and performed to 'Away in a manger' and 'Little Donkey'. Winchester sang along to 'Silent night' and 'Come and join the celebration'. They also had to remember the actions to the four other songs.
Year 2 were not able to perform the full Nativity that they would usually do at Christmas but they were still able to put together a wonderful performance and the details can be found here: https://www.christchurch.bexley.sch.uk/year-2-christmas-performance/
In KS2 there was a range of music activities taking place, such as listening to and appreciating music from a range of composers, learning about the history of music, virtually exploring the sounds of different musical instruments and also making comparisons between music from different cultures.