Music at SKA

At South Kirkby Academy, our aim is to develop children's knowledge, understanding and skills in music so that they can confidently and competently engage in music from other cultures and that of our own British heritage with enjoyment and a love of learning. 


Our vision at South Kirkby Academy is that children develop a lifelong love of music, and are provided with the opportunities to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and genres. We intend to develop a curiosity for the subject as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and through lively, interactive lessons, foster a passion for music in children of all abilities. SKA are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use and build on their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.


With the assistance of class teachers, our specialist music teacher, leads the planning delivery and assessment aspects of our music curriculum. Bespoke planning is written, ensuring coverage and depth of the expected standards of the Wakefield Music Hub Progression Mapping, and is strongly linked to the current learning in each year group. Music lessons at SKA ensure that all pupils acquire learning in both the theoretical and performance-based aspects of the music curriculum. In the theory part of the lesson, pupils develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in their ability to: reflect, appraise, and think creatively and critically; notate through conventional and graphic means; identify, manipulate, and distinguish similarities and differences between musical devices, for example, rhythm, dynamics, pitch, timbre, scale, and other features; and compare pieces of instrumental music from different countries, cultures and times. Children are then provided with opportunities to explore, compose, arrange, develop their instrumental skills, and perform through appropriate and timely support. Pupils record compositions, arrangements and performances This is not only used for assessment, but for the purpose of allowing children to discuss, evaluate and refine their work. In addition, Weekly singing assemblies take place to teach children how to sing with a sense of pitch and melody. They are taught how to warm up their voices, sing in rounds and harmony, and build up a repertoire of songs. Progress and attainment are measured termly by teachers. Through evidence in books, audio and video recordings, and on-going formative assessment in class, teachers use our modified progression mapping document, based on that of the Wakefield Music Hub, to make informed judgements about children’s outcomes.


Pupils develop a range of fundamental skills in the theory and practical elements of music throughout their journey at South Kirkby Academy. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing with a sense of pitch and melody, and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop a further interest in music in the future. These skills are showcased through a range of opportunities both in school, such as in lessons and assemblies, and through performances in the wider community as well as our involvement in the Waterton Multi-Academy Trust performances. 



Wakefield Music School Big Sing 2020!

We are all very proud of our pupils who took part recently in the WMS Big Sing 2020: Part Two singing 'Right There With You' which was put together to celebrate all key workers! Here is a clip from the event showing their performance! Enjoy!



Curriculum Coverage

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SMSC in Music at SKA


In music, children are encouraged to be creative and imaginative through exploration with pitch, tempo, dynamics with singing, percussion, and ukuleles. Pupils are also given creative license to arrange, compose and refine their music to reflect a given intention and/or their own feelings and emotions in a supportive environment. Through listening to a range of different pieces, pupils reflect and appraise their own and other’s music. Exploration and expression of individuality is encouraged through experimentation of ideas in composition and pupils’ individual choice of instrument.


Pupils develop respect for each other through listening to one another’s ideas and through appraisal of their own and peers’ performances. They express their own responses and opinions of the work of others in an appropriate manner, expressing these with an awareness and sensitivity of others, and a justification for their view. Where pupils present their own work we ensure fair and objective assessment and evaluation of their work.


Pupils take part in a wide variety of different activities which require social skills, the ability to work collaboratively as part of a pair or group, and as part of their whole class in larger ensembles. Pupils collaborate routinely in group tasks where they take responsibility for their own learning outcomes and progress. We encourage the skills of independence, resilience and time management. Where they engage in group tasks we build a sense of unity which leads to them addressing their individual abilities and strengths and learning to build upon these collaboratively.


Through exposure to a wide range of resources and music, pupils develop a respect and deep appreciation for cultures around the world that have contributed to the development of our current, popular musical styles. We encourage students to learn to play, create their own music and to incorporate different musical influences (including those of British heritage) in their own composition. We offer a wide range of cultural musical experiences for pupils, additional to those in our music lessons, such as African drumming/dancing workshops and singing traditional Chinese songs as part of Mandarin lessons.


How our 4 school values are evidenced in music...


We strive to do our best!

Our pupils show commitment to learning an instrument and to developing their skills in both the theory and practical element of our music curriculum. Pupils input a high level of effort in their music lessons, singing assemblies and musical performances. Children are given encouragement in order to achieve highly within all computing activities so that they can aim to become confident and competent in their ability.


We achieve success!

Aspiration is, “a hope or ambition of achieving something."

Good musicians are always striving to improve their work. We encourage our children to self-regulate and to act upon feedback (both written and verbal) which enables them to make good progress. upils are role models to their peers, and through peer mentoring help and guide each other so that there is 'Success for All'!



We work together as a team!

Through working together, pupils support one another to develop their skills and evaluate their work. Alongside peer feedback, pupils are also encouraged to collaborate within their singing and playing as a group or as a class, work as a team when composing and exploring music, and to cooperate when listening, reflecting and appraising their own compositions and those of others. We teach our pupils when to know to seek help, when to support others, when to speak up and when to compromise during music lessons.


We are excited about our learning!

Through offering a wide range of learning experiences and opportunities to perform in music, pupils become excited and inspired in their music lessons. Pupils are encouraged to showcase their skills and share their compositions. Additionally, teachers take pride in highlighting pupils' excellence in music and the creativity in the manner or originality of pupils' work or performances. Alongside a cooperative approach to learning, pupils are also provided with opportunities to conduct or lead small groups. 

South Kirkby, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 3DP

01977 643187