Music is Fun!
Our creative curriculum provides opportunities for children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a channel for individual expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.
Music fosters team working, playing and singing as part of a small group or whole class means you are part of an integrated team promoting the importance of working harmoniously with others.
Music is taught using an online programme called `Charanga` which is linked with the national curriculum.
Charanga is designed by experts to cover all areas of the music curriculum and gives teachers the confidence to deliver a balance of theory and practical lessons.
All classes have access to singing songs using the `Sing Up` site, where there is a huge selection of songs that can be linked with our curriculum or just fun to sing. Chantry is very proud to have the silver sing up award.
Singing is a vital part of our curriculum and can be accessed by everyone, all ages and all abilities.
Speciality Year Groups
Year 2 children have a weekly vocal coach session, this teaches the children how to use their voices properly and learn all about different types of music.
Year 3 recorder lessons - all the children participate in learning some musical terms and skills as well as the joy of playing an instrument.
Year 5 children have digital music lessons, combining modern day technology with music.
Every week the whole school have a singing assembly with a singing coach from Luton music service. This provides a unique and fun session to celebrate singing together.
A Violin Lesson
Specialist lessons are available to students from Year 3 onwards. Lessons take part in small groups. These include:
Chantry also offers opportunities to share musical experiences, A summer spectacular concert usually takes place at the end of the school year where all our performers can take part demonstrating their talents, skills and love of music.
Opportunities for singing in a choir are also usually available, this gives children an opportunity to learn more challenging songs and attend concerts to sing with other schools. Once a year they also have the opportunity to sing with thousands of children in the Young Voices Choir.
There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
At Chantry, we encourage our pupils to stimulate creativity and imagination through their art. Our book-based curriculum provides opportunities for visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. This enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making includes exploring and developing ideas, evaluating and developing work.
The children undertake a balanced programme that takes account of abilities, aptitudes and physical, emotional and intellectual development. Through Art and Design, the children learn a range of skills, concepts, attitudes, techniques and methods of working.
Key stage 1
During Key Stage 1, Art and Design is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities relating to the children’s own identity and experiences, to natural and manufactured objects and materials with which they are familiar, and the locality in which they live.
- Year 1 - creating repeated patterns using printing techniques, exploring pencil and charcoal effects, using a range of materials to make collage and recreating the work of Joseph Turner.
- Year 2 - using pastels to recreate Monet's painting, exploring the artistic style of Quentin Blake, creating texture using pencil and charcoal and exploring architecture.
Key stage 2
During Key Stage 2, Art and Design is about fostering children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes, through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to understand the diverse roles and functions of Art and Design in the world around them.
- Year 3 - using colour to create texture, mosaic designs and Roman clay mosaic tiles.
- Year 4 - exploring the work of Salvador Dali, creating a collage using found materials, portrait drawing in the style of Hans Holbein.
- Year 5 - creating Alpana patterns, using clay to create sculptures and replicating the work of Van Gough.
- Year 6 - creating textile patterns using block printing, exploring the work of designer William Morris and learning about types of architecture.
Our children explore ideas and meanings through the work of various artists and designers, from the famous English painter, Joseph Turner’s, atmospheric landscapes, to Salvador Dali’s surrealism and Antoni Gaudi’s mosaics. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others.
The appreciation and enjoyment of the children’s work is valued in displays in classrooms and around the school.
See some of our work in the gallery below: