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Music at Christ the King

Music Curriculum

Purpose of study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, pupils will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Aims

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation.

Christ the King Music Curriculum

Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception will be focusing on a loud and soft sounds.   Children will be looking how to identify and perform loud and soft sounds.  Children in the Foundation Stage will also be learning songs for the Foundation Stage Christmas Nativity.  

Key Stage 1

Year 1

Year 1 are learning all about long and short sounds.  Children will looking at how to identify long and short sounds.  They will be looking at how to perform long and short sounds on the instruments.  Year 1 will also be practicing songs for Key Stage Ones Advent Assembly.    

 Year 2 

Year 2 are learning all about long and short sounds.  Children will looking at how to identify long and short sounds.  They will be looking at how to perform long and short sounds on the instruments.  Year 2 will also be practicing songs for Key Stage Ones Advent Assembly. 

 

Key Stage 2

 

Year 3

Year 3 are exploring structure.   Year 3 will be focusing on how to identify different structures in music.  Year 3 will also be practicing songs for their First Reconciliation and Key Stage 2 Advent Assembly.  

Year 4

Year 4 are exploring beat, rhythm and melody .  Year 4 will also be practicing songs and readings for the Key Stage 2 Advent Assembly.  

Year 5

Year 5 are exploring beat, rhythm and melody .  Year 4 will also be practicing songs and readings for the Key Stage 2 Advent Assembly. 

Year 6

Year 6 are practicing and rehearsing for the Pantomime.  They will also be learning songs for the Key Stage 2 Advent Service.  

 

Extra Curricular Activities

There are several musical activities taking place weekly.  Here is what each group is currently working on:

 

Year 4 Recorder Group - Tuesday Lunchtime  12.15 pm - 12.40 pm  

Mrs Nish  is teaching some children in Year 4 the basic technical skills in order to create a secure sound on the recorder.  The children will be focusing on notes D and E.  The children will also be focusing on how to read musical notation.  

 

  Year 5 Recorder Group - Wednesday Lunchtime - 12.15 - 12.40 pm

Mrs Nish is teaching the children how to improvise.  The children are learning the basic technical skills in order to create a secure sound on the descant recorder.  The children will be focusing in playing in two parts.  

 

Years 5 and 6 Guitar Group - Wednesday Lunchtime 12.15 - 12.40 pm

Mr McAndrew teaches guitar to years 4 to 6 from Key Stage 2.  All are learning how to read notation and technical skills in order to perform the guitar fluently.

 

  Year 4 Guitar Group - Wednesday After school 3.15 - 4.00 pm

Mr McAndrew teaches guitar to years 4 to 6 from Key Stage 2.  All are learning how to read notation and technical skills in order to perform the guitar fluently.

 

Flute Group  - Thursday Lunchtime  12.15 pm - 12.40 pm 

Mrs Nish is teaching a small group of children in Year 5 the basic technical skills in order to create a secure sound on the flute.  The children will be focusing on the practical basics for the flute and be further studying about rhythm and notation.

 

Choir - Friday Lunchtime 

Mrs Nish leads the choir every Friday.  Children in the choir learn a variety of songs and are involved in several trips throughout the academic year. 

Children in the choir are encouraged to support the Year 3 Sacramental Programme throughout the academic year.  Children have been given a letter with the list of Sacramental Programme dates. 

 

The school choir will be involved in a variety of events during the school year therefore your child must understand the commitment and dedication required for taking part.  The choir are encouraged to support the Year 3 Sacramental Programme throughout the year. 

 

Here are some key dates in which the choir will be involved in throughout the academic year:

  1. Harvest Mass                           Sunday 15th October                                      Christ the King RC Church                    11:30 am          
  2. Quorant’ Ore Mass                   Sunday 24th November                                  Christ the King RC Church                    11:30 am
  3. Hidden Gem Mass                     Wednesday  6th December                             Hidden Gem RC Church                        12:30 pm
  4. Y3 Reconciliation Service         Tuesday 12th  December                                 Christ the King RC Church                     6:30 pm
  5. Brookdale View                         Monday 18th December                                  Brookdale View Care Home                    2:00 pm
  6. Y3 Presentation Mass               Sunday 4th February                                      Christ the King RC Church                    11:30 am
  7. Irish Music Festival                 Thursday 15th March                                      Irish Heritage Centre                           9:45 am- 2.30 pm
  8. Crowning of Our Lady               Sunday 6th May                                              Christ the King RC Church                    11:30 am
  9. Y3F Holy Communion                Saturday 12th May                                          Christ the King RC Church                    11:00 am
  10. Y3H Holy Communion               Saturday 19th May                                           Christ the King RC Church                    11:00 am
  11. Y6 Leavers Mass                       Tuesday 10th July                                          Christ the King RC Church                     5:30 pm
  12. KS2 Summer Concert                Thursday 12th July                                        Christ the King RC Primary School         2:00 pm

 

The Choir performed several Carols at the Hidden Gem in Manchester .  The children in the choir sang beautifully.

There are some photos below of the choir singing at the Hidden Gem.  

 

 

The Manchester Music Hub

Manchester has a reputation for producing vibrant music covering all genres. We want to inspire, facilitate and support the next generation to learn about, take part in and enjoy music and singing throughout their lives. We want to ensure that there is a coherent and high quality journey for all young people to engage with so that everyone has the opportunity to get involved.

We work with a range of partners locally and nationally to ensure there is a wide and varied offer to reflect the interests of young people. As part of this we support access to a music education in primary, secondary, special need schools and pupil referral units through our major partner One Education Music https://www.oneeducation.co.uk/services/teaching-learning/music/music-centres/ They employ a team of specialist music teachers who visit schools to support the teaching of music . Our grant to them also supports eight music centres across the city; two larger centres at Blackley and Chorlton and six smaller specialist centres. These can be accessed at evenings and weekends.

MyHub (Manchester Music) is part of a network of organisations across England, funded by the Department for Education (DFE) and Arts Council England (ACE), who are responsible for delivering the National Plan for Music.

Manchester Music Hub provides parents, carers & family members, young people, teachers with information about learning, playing, performing & studying music in Manchester

For more details visit their website:

https://www.myhub.org.uk