“Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.” (Aristotle)
We want our pupils to foster a life-long love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences; listening, responding and performing pieces of music from different eras, cultures and musical styles. We will ensure that pupils develop a curiosity and understanding of the value and importance of music as well as developing a respect for different music genres and the impact they can in a person’s life. Pupils will be able to develop their musical knowledge, skills and techniques by singing, listening, playing and performing. Our music curriculum will inspire creativity and allow pupils to enjoy music whilst allowing them to compose with confidence.
Music is taught from EYFS and forms an important part of our school curriculum and follows the National Curriculum. Our music curriculum is designed to encompass the following areas: listening and responding; exploring and creating; singing; sharing and performing, and improvising and composing.
Children are taught either in weekly sessions or in blocked units of learning depending on the topic. By adapting the Charanga scheme to meet the needs and interests of the children at Oaklands, we ensure that children are taught to use their voices, a mixture tuned and un-tuned instruments as well as compose and perform musical pieces. They learn to recall the melodic shapes, harmonic sequences and rhythmic patterns. Children will use the correct musical vocabulary to further develop their musical knowledge. Tasks are adapted to ensure that all pupils access the musical curriculum in their own ways. Children use their creativity to express their musical abilities through a variety of means such as body percussion, technology and song. All children at Oaklands learn to play a tuned musical instrument. A specialist music teacher from Somerset Music supports the children to learn to read music whilst playing the instrument.
Our weekly singing assemblies are taken by a music specialist and teach our children to be able to sing in harmony and with musical delivery. Children create an aural bank of music from different cultures, recognising and understanding their musical background. Further opportunities for children to develop their listening and appraising skills are offered throughout the wider curriculum as well as through specific teaching.
Other opportunities for children to explore music are offered across the school. The school choir regularly meet and perform to their peers and wider community audiences. Children are exposed to music through opportunities such as live performances from adults and children.
Children at Oaklands can:
- Enjoy music in ways they choose – as listeners, performers or creators.
- Play a musical instrument and read simple staff notation.
- feel a sense of achievement in their creativity.
- build up fundamental abilities such as their self-confidence and self-reflection.
- develop an understanding of different cultures as well as their interaction and awareness of others.
- Sing, find a pulse, and follow a rhythm, and keep a melody in songs.
- Creating their own music individually or as a group.