At Oakwood, it is our intent that all children will be lifelong learners with the confidence and ability to continue to develop skills throughout their education.
Music is an integral part of the Oakwood curriculum; we aim to ensure that all children receive an interesting, thought-provoking and inclusive education. We believe the study of Music inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask critical questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the society in which they live, and that of the wider world.
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Oakwood the intention is that children 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 musical genres. Our objective is 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 an unbiased respect for the different roles that music might play in people’s lives. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Promoting a love of music at home
Music is all around us all of the time!
At home, you can talk to your child about your music learning. Children across the school will be able to find the pulse in a piece of music, and children in KS1 and KS2 will also be able to identify elements such as pitch, dynamics and rhythm. Talk to your child about the music that you hear in your lives and how it makes them feel. What do you like or dislike about a piece of music? Does it make you think of any particular places or things?
Encourage your child to experiment with music. This could be with any instruments you have at home, but could equally be with homemade music-making tools - what kind of instruments can you make from objects you have at home?
Watch live or recorded performances of a range of music! There is a lot of music happening in St Albans, at venues such as the Alban Arena, Abbey Theatre, St Albans Cathedral and St Peter's Church.