My name is Mrs Goddard and I am very excited about having taken up this post in September 2016, not least of all because I was a pupil here myself some years ago now.
Music and singing has been a part of my life since the day I was born and I am really looking forward to sharing that passion for music with you all.
Year group, whole class music lessons:
Each year group, from nursery through to year six has a dedicated music lesson each week of the year. Click on the link to see what areas of learning are part of the curriculum.
Woven into that learning, where appropriate, links are made with each year group’s main topic or theme for the half term. During the year KS1 will learn to play chime bars, years 3 and 4 will learn whole class recorder and years 5 and 6 will learn the Ukulele.
Songs of praise:
Each week the children have a dedicated singing assembly where they learn a variety of songs – some specifically as part of our worship life at John Keble, and others that link with our broader curriculum learning. As Mrs Goddard says, you need a song for every occasion in life!
We believe that singing is every child’s birthright and provides a significant path to learning and development. As well as everyday singing, children in KS2 are offered the opportunity to attend a choir club every Monday.
Choir member expectations
Belonging to the choir is seen as a privilege and an opportunity to represent the school. Commitment to the choir is crucial in order to improve ability and overall performance. So children are expected to attend all year. More than three unexplained absences will result in being asked to leave the choir.
High levels of excellent behaviour are expected from choir members at all times, including during the rest of their school day. So should a child need to be challenged more than three times concerning behaviour they would be asked to leave the choir.
There will be regular opportunities to perform as a choir within the school as well as in the local community, as part of competitions and borough wide singing events.
Planned events will include a local trip to a senior citizens group, which meets in St Mark’s church hall, taking part in Prom Praise for children, Choir Of The Year and Brent Makes Music.
(full details will be available to browse nearer the time of the named events.)
Lunch time music clubs
We are starting up a Practice Club, where children who are having private music lessons are able to come and practice one day each week, to supplement their practice at home. While we will have some instruments here, in general woodwind and string instruments would need to be brought from home.
We are also planning to start up a Praise Dance club based on Street dance. Watch this space.
Small group instrument learning
In the near future the school hopes to team up with Brent Music Service to be able to offer small group instrument learning. Details will be made available here when this opportunity is in place.
Opportunities with Brent Music Service
Brent Music Service offers exciting opportunities for children to be a part of. They have choirs, instrument ensembles, and a youth orchestra. If your child is learning an instrument and has successfully completed grade one they maybe eligible to join an ensemble or be a part of the orchestra. Click on the link to find out more details. https://www.brent.gov.uk/bms