Music Subject Leader - Fiona Griner
At Oatlands Junior School, the high-quality Music Curriculum is enjoyed by all the children regardless of their prior music experiences. The curriculum aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
At Oatlands Junior School, the children have access to regular one-hour music lessons with specialist teachers from Harrogate Grammar School. They have the opportunity to develop their understanding of music notation, rhythm, melody and chords whilst learning to play an instrument, such as the violin in Year 3.
The children also have opportunities to learn about different types of music and songs in our weekly music assemblies. Recently, the children have been learning to sing some well-known songs, including 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers.
Choir and Orchestra Club also take place each week. Both clubs are led by specialist music teachers from Encore!, music provision from the Red Kite Learning Trust. After half term, we are gearing up towards Christmas and the children are looking forward to performing carols at St. Michael's Hospice and Larchfield Manor Residential Home. Towards the end of the autumn term, the whole school will also be performing carols and celebrating Christmas at St. Mark's Church, Harrogate.
A very big well done to all the children for performing at our Traditional Carol Concert at St. Mark’s Church on Monday. It was a really enjoyable evening with lots of festive cheer, even managing to get full audience participation whilst singing ’12 Days of Christmas’! Thank you to everyone involved.