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 percussion. Class topics are also incorporated into these lessons where appropriate.
The KS2 choir runs once a week as 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 their own teaching. 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 morning assembly 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 in a morning assembly.
The school is committed to continuing the government policy that states every child in KS2 should have the opportunity to learn an instrument. For the past 4 years, Years 3 and 4 have been learning the clarinet in a whole class setting. 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. In September 2018, for a change, this project will be continued on the recorder.
Throughout their time at Keevil, children have several opportunities to perform in whole class productions. FS and KS1 produce a Nativity each Christmas which is performed in the local church. Years 3 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 ‘Superstan’. 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 keyboard. These lessons are delivered during the school day.