At Keevil Church of England Academy, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music. They acquire a knowledge and understanding that enables them to engage critically with a range of different musical genres, as well as apply these when composing and performing. Music will increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Our curriculum is organised as a progression which facilitates the re-visiting of learning through recurrent themes, such that knowledge and understanding becomes embedded in children’s long term memory. For details of this see the document below ‘Keevil CofE Academy Art Knowledge and Skills Progression’.
We ensure our Music Curriculum is rooted in the vision and ethos of the school, through ensuring that as well as delivering musical knowledge and skills lessons also develop the Keevil Characteristics:
Children need to work together as a team to produce and perform a variety of musical works. This requires good communication skills, as well as using music as a different means through which to share, express and communicate with others. Children show resilience to keep going even when it is tricky and diligence to produce a quality performance. They learn a variety of musical skills and techniques, and problem-solve how to use these to best effect when composing and performing.
Music is taught by Kirsty Fowler who is a qualified music teacher. Each class receives a weekly curriculum music lesson which gives the children the opportunity to learn about musical elements, composition, singing and performing. Cross-curricular links are developed within music lessons where appropriate.
The KS2 choir runs once a week and is popular with the children. Keevil School subscribes to the Sing Up song resource website. This is used throughout the school by all teachers as they try to incorporate singing into theeaching. Music for the choir is often topical and relevant e.g. World Book Day. This gives a great opportunity for them to perform in a Whole School Worship whenever possible.
A small school band is currently running for any child learning a wind instrument. The music is arranged by Kirsty to make it accessible to children who only know a few notes. This ensemble runs once a week and they try to perform at the end of every term to the whole school.
The school is committed to continuing the government policy that states every child in KS2 should have the opportunity to learn an instrument. Over the past few years we have taught whole class clarinet, recorder and Jsax. This has been really successful and everyone involved has really enjoyed the experience. Many children choose to begin one to one lessons at the end of this project and have then gone on to take several music exams.
Throughout their time at Keevil, children have several opportunities to perform in whole class productions. EYFS and KS1 produce a Nativity each Christmas which is performed in the local church. Years and 4 also put on a Christmas performance which includes carols, poems and readings. At the end of each year, Years 5 and 6 put on a production in the local village hall. Recent shows include ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ and ‘Go For Goal’. For those children learning an instrument, there is an opportunity to perform in the Leavers’ church service at the end of each year.
One to one and small group lessons are currently offered at Keevil school on the clarinet, saxophone, flute, recorder and guitar. These lessons are delivered during the school day.
Music is delivered through specific units of work, as well as through opportunities taken during other times of the school day and year. The ‘Keevil CofE Academy Music Curriculum Overview’ below, shows how these are carefully mapped to ensure that the National Curriculum is successfully delivered in a way that builds on prior knowledge and promotes long-term retention of learning.
All teaching in the school follows our Teaching and Learning non-negotiables and expectations to ensure a high standard of provision.
Through the delivery of our curriculum children learn a range of musical theory knowledge including pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. They develop skills in using their own voices and playing a variety of musical instruments. They have opportunities to use and apply this knowledge and understanding through performance and composing. They listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians. They come to understand the power of music as a universal means of communication and an avenue of self-expression. Children develop their love of the subject and their own talent.