Subject Leader

Mr P Lawton

Powerful Knowledge

Powerful Knowledge in Music is the understanding that Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity and transcends cultural differences. Music has the power to bring people of all backgrounds together and allows us to convey emotions and communicate in a way that the spoken word often can not.

Curriculum Intent

The Kingsway School recognises that music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils' ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of  music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness.

Across Key Stage 3 and throughout Key Stage 4 students perform, listen to, review and evaluate music from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of famous composers and musicians. The genres studied reflect the diversity of our school and the department aims to teach in a practical way, with students ‘making music’ at every opportunity.

The arts are a valuable means of developing confidence and communication skills, and facilitating expression, ideas and feelings.  In addition, through purposeful, imaginative and creative activities, pupils learn to take managed risks, trying out new ideas and new ways of working without fear of failure.

We value the contribution the arts make to our quality of life and believe that providing a range of experiences is essential for life beyond school.

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