Our aspiration at Oaklands is that every child adopts a lifelong love of music and that Music is fully embedded in different aspects of school life. Music here is lively and interactive and the aim is to foster a passion for the subject, building on skills from Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
Music is often linked to the topics taught in class and can be used to develop skills in English and Maths. Songs are taught in different languages and music is celebrated from different cultures. The children have opportunities to participate in singing, playing tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments as well as listening to live and recorded music. Daily music and movement sessions encourage confidence and self-esteem. In KS2, the children have an opportunity to compose and listen to their own music, and learn the correct musical notation and terminology, eg. rhythm, melody, pitch and dynamics.
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. We have a school choir which meet each week and perform at whole school events and in the local area, for example, local care homes. The children have opportunities to listen to live music, for example, from visitors such as the children at Westfield Secondary School.