Music has a growing profile at Chapel End. Staff of all levels of confidence and ability feel increasingly confident in delivering quality music provision in their classroom. All staff are aware of the key skills in music and how these fit in with the new curriculum and the scheme of work, to ensure there is progression of skills from year 3 to year 6. Singing is at the heart of music in the classroom, and all children are given opportunities and encouraged to sing. Every year group also participates in a production, where children are given the chance to sing and perform on stage. All children have the opportunity to be part of the school choir and be involved in events within the local community throughout the year.
Fundamental Great British Values
At Chapel End Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
Music is taught at Chapel End weekly in all year groups, in mixed ability classes. Music is regularly used to compliment learning in other areas of the curriculum. In addition, children also sing in weekly music assemblies. Planning should follow the format of – Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities – creating and exploring; and Singing/playing and Performing. Teachers use Charanga, an online musical school, to support their teaching of the music curriculum. This scheme is broken into units focused on a particular musical genre and artist which cover a broad spectrum of styles and offer opportunities to sing, perform and compose.
In class, the teachers themselves monitor the progress of individual children and differentiate lessons to suit the needs of different abilities. Assessment for music is completed termly with the completion of the Charanga assessment log, with reference to the teacher statements provided on Charanga’s website, in line with the national curriculum. Teachers upload this, and any supporting evidence, including videos, audio recordings and pictures, to the teacher hub on the website. This can then be monitored by the subject leader.
At Chapel End we believe that all pupils should have the opportunities to share their pupil voice. We do this in a number of ways. The curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding when using their pupil voice. The subject leader finds out pupils opinions about the teaching of Music and the content covered through interviewing selected pupils during lesson observations. The subject leader acts upon the comments and suggestions of pupils wherever
- Music tuition is currently offered in a range of string, brass and woodwind instruments by music teachers from the Waltham Forest Music Service.
- Our choir is open to all children and have had the opportunity to sing both in school and at local events, including the Waltham Forest Civic Carol concert and Summer Festival. We have also participated in the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena, giving the children the opportunity to perform at an internationally recognised venue.
- Year 5 have had the opportunity to participate in a year-long program with the London Symphony Orchestra, which has allowed them to attend a concert at the Barbican Centre, as well as composing with LSO musicians in school.
Evaluation of 2018-19 targets
Staff meeting time was given to raise the profile of Music and the Arts. Planning should follow the format of – Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities – creating and exploring; and singing/playing and Performing. Ways of evidencing music in a variety of ways was shared. Staff were introduced to Charanga – an online program designed to help with the teaching of music. Our music lead attended training with the London Symphony Orchestra to improve music provision. Our music room was available for the first time to allow teachers space and facilities to teach music in an engaging way.
Targets for 2019-20
- To monitor assessment evidence, to ensure children have had opportunities to create, select and combine sounds.
- To ensure that children across the school are given further opportunities for experiencing live performance and music (particularly Year 4 to link with their ‘Playlist’ topic).
- To increase the confidence of staff by providing them with a bank of warm-ups and games to help improve the content of their lessons.
- Develop a greater enjoyment of listening to a range of musical styles, especially classical music, through assemblies and classroom
- To observe teaching of music/learning walk, a pupil voice and an audit of musical instruments.
- Gather feedback from staff on their use of Charanga to support delivery of the music
- Ensure all staff engage fully with the music room and are comfortable and confident in leading music lessons with instruments.