Our Intent in Music
Our curriculum approach to music reflects vision and values - to offer an engaging and inclusive curriculum, which builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding of all children as well as developing confident, inquisitive and independent learners. In particular we are keen for pupils to discover their own passion and for music within the curriculum as well as providing a wonderful opportunity to work together with others. At KEPS we want all children to experience the joy of music through learning a musical instrument and having the opportunity to sing, perform and compose music as individuals, small and large groups. We provide lessons that involve listening to, appraising and discussing different styles of music. Lessons also include opportunities and games to hear and copy the pulse and rhythm and opportunities for children to improvise. Additionally, children learn and develop their singing skills and learn to play instruments in lessons. We aim to offer extended opportunities for those pupils who wish to continue learning a musical instrument through joining KEPS choir or band for example. We also aim to provide an opportunity to visit a Theatre and experience a live production and also to ensure the children experience live music at school. We also take every opportunity to link music to other areas of the curriculum where it enriches the children's learning experiences.
Our Implementation of Music
Music is taught in line with the learning objectives stated in the National Curriculum. From Spring 2020, teachers also have access to the Charanga Primary Music Curriculum which enables non specialist and music teachers to deliver high quality music lessons using on line lesson steps. It is a complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music which includes a growing library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps. However, teachers are given autonomy to cover the music objectives through using other resources. In KS2, specialist musical tuition from Somerset Music will be provided for at least one year group. In KS1, pupils will have many opportunities to sing and perform together linking with other curriculum activities too. All children in KS1 are involved in a Christmas production and in Upper KS2 the children are involved in the Year 6 Leavers production to give them an additional, larger performance opportunity. All children will have access to play a range of tuned and untuned instruments as part of their music education in class. During singing assemblies, children have the opportunity to listen and appreciate music from different genres and learn about a range of different composers as well as learn to perform a range of modern and traditional songs. Additionally, individual children are encouraged to play their own instruments at the start or close of assemblies.
Our over-view showing which units are taught when can be found below, along with a break down of the objectives covered in each unit and the progression of key skills across our curriculum.