Music is extremely high profile at St. Christopher's and children from all year groups are encouraged to perform and sing.
This year we have launched a new online scheme of work called 'Charanga' which supports the new curriculum and has been praised by Ofsted. This will be used to teach music throughout the school. This scheme provides exciting units of work for the children from Reception right the way up to Year 6 with an emphasis on encouraging the children's listening, composing and performing skills. Each year group will complete 3 units from Charanga per year. Units consist of both songs and instrumental works with children being given the opportunity to develop their singing skills as well as playing instruments like the recorder, glockenspiel and African Drums. At the end of each unit of work the children will perform and record the song or piece of music they have been working towards.
In addition to this, over the past three years St. Christopher's have worked very closely with our local music hub, 'Resonate' and through them we receive one hour of violin tuition every week for thirty children in years 4 and 5. The children absolutely love learning this new skill and under the tutelage of Mr Naylor from Resonate they improve and develop their skills and musical understanding week by week. In the summer term our violinists perform a concert in school (along with our talented choir) to parents and children and they also have to opportunity to team up with other schools from around the city to perform at the 'Liverpool Lighthouse' in Anfield as part of the city's 'Passion for Music' week. After year 5 those children who have been highlighted as gifted and talented violists continue to learn this skill in Year 6 with the hope and aspiration that it is something they will continue to pursue in Secondary School and beyond.
Outside of the classroom we have loads going on with Music. St. Christopher's have an incredibly talented Key Stage 2 choir who practise during lunchtimes and after school with Mr Hints. Recently our choir have taken part in the Liverpool Catholic Schools Choir Festival and the iSing Festival at the Liverpool Lighthouse in Anfield. The choir regularly perform in school to parents and children, and every year they venture out during the festive period to a variety of local businesses including Dobbies, Jaguar, Toby Carvery, Morrisons and Reynolds Court Retirement Home to sing carols and spread their Christmas cheer. Last Christmas the choir also sang in Liverpool One and raised over £300 for the school.
Singing is also encouraged in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Every Christmas the children of Key Stage 1 perform an all singing all dancing Christmas Nativity and a small group of Year 1 and 2 children sing carols in Morrisons to raise money for the school.
Every child in the school gets the opportunity to sing during assemblies, regular hymn practices and during church services. We have an extremely talented and enthusiastic bunch of staff and children who embrace music and singing in St. Christopher's. This culminates in our annual 'St. Christopher's Music Day' when each class in the school performs a song they have learnt to the rest of the school. Recent themes for Music Day have included 'Take That', 'The Olympics', 'Music Hall' and 'Rock Festival'. During our rock festival we staged our own 'Glastonbury' outside on our school field complete with a stage, tents, gazebos and wellies! We even got a local band to come in and perform for us at lunchtime. Fortunately we had no need for the wellies as the sun shone and we had a fantastic day.