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.
Chantry @ Young Voices Choir
The O2, London
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. Chantry also offers opportunities to share musical experiences, the school celebrate singing with two choirs. A mini choir for Key Stage 1 where they learn lots of different songs mainly using the 'sing up' program, and a Key Stage 2 choir. 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 at London’s O2 venue.
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
Year 3 recorder lessons - all the children participate and the school provides every child with their own recorder so they can practise at home.
Specialist lessons are available to students from Year 3 onwards. Lessons are done in small groups. These include:
A summer spectacular concert takes place at the end of the school year where all our performers can take part demonstrating their talents, skills and love of music.
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 growth of pupil’s artistic skills can be seen developing as they progress through their school years:
- Year 1 - colour mixing to create Autumn shades, toy collage using different materials, weaving Scottish tartan patterns.
- Year 2 - ceramic plate painting using acrylic paint, making fabric fire engines, weaving and collage.
- Year 3 - sketching and pointillism, experimenting with different paint effects and colours, Roman clay mosaic tiles.
- Year 4 - exploring texture and the effect of colour using paint and pastel, using collage to tell a story, using textile to create Tudor Roses.
- Year 5 - exploring paint effects making Indian wall hangings, printing in the style of William Morris, making and painting Egyptian masks.
- Year 6 - batik geometric printing, exploring colour and texture based on Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, using watercolour to create atmosphere, texture and pattern in clay, Greek pots.
Children also learn to evaluate and review their work and become confident to make changes in order to improve and develop their ideas.
Our children explore ideas and meanings through the work of various artists and designers, from the famous French painter, Henri Rousseau’s, atmospheric jungle paintings, to William Morris’ Victorian patterns and Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’. 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.
The appreciation and enjoyment of the children’s work is valued in displays in classrooms and around the school.
Our Design Technology teaching links in with our Book Based Curriculum.Our children are encouraged to develop their abilities through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of structures, products, mechanisms and quality.
- Autumn 2 (Pumpkin Soup) - The children are introduced to basic food technology principles. They have the opportunity to prepare, make and taste a range of foods.
Spring 1 (Corduroy) - The children look at ways of joining materials. We design, practice and sew a teddy puppet together.
- Summer 1 (The Jolly Postman) - During this topic, the children look at simple moving pictures to aid storytelling, based on characters from our book. The children design and create different types of pop up cards.
Autumn 2 (Toby and the Great Fire of London) - The children make a moving fire engine with axles.
Spring 1 (The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me) - This is the food technology term and the children look at Dahl’s disgusting recipes and healthy eating options.
Spring 2 (The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark) - The topic sees children working with textiles to make puppets.
Autumn 2 (Fairy Tales: Snow White) - The children build on their knowledge from Year 2, finding ways to join wood to make a frame for Snow White.
Spring 2 (The Iron Man) - The children look at pneumatics; designing a monster / robot that can help the Iron Man.
Summer 1 (Cool) - During this topic, the children build on their Food Technology lessons from Key Stage One to measure accurately (related to weighing).
Year 4 Anderson Shelter
Autumn 2 (What if the Bomb goes off?) - The children study different types of shelters (with a link to the Anderson Shelter from WW2) before designing and creating their own Anderson Shelter!
Spring 2 (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Chocolate! The children are in charge of designing, packaging and making their very own chocolates!
Summer 2 (Bweare the King) – Building on working with textiles from Year 2, the children use the long stitch the create a Tudor symbol such as the Tudor Rose.
Autumn 2 (Street Child) - The children develop their joining techniques from Year 3, using cogs and pulleys as a mechanism for making a Victorian toy.
Spring 1 (The BFG) - The children are presented with the opportunity to make ‘dream bags’ (containers) for Sophie. They need to select the appropriate tools and techniques for making their product.
Summer 1 (Wreck of the Zanzibar) – During this topic, the children look at recipes from the 1900s in their Food Technology topic, using basic food rations of the time period.
Autumn 2 (George’s Secret Key to the Universe) - The children have to plan, design and create a moon buggy (controllable vehicles) in this DT topic.
Summer 1 (Stormbreaker) - The children have the opportunity to create a spy gadget, using electricity, to make an alarmed box.
See some of our work in the gallery below: