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.
3H Violin Recital
On Monday 26th February, 3H had the pleasure of performing for their friends and family in their very own violin recital. The children loved having the opportunity to share what they have learnt during their lessons with Mr Jackman during the Spring term. As well as learning to play the violin and read music, they also learnt all sorts of musical terms and vocabulary and can now describe music using words such as 'piano', 'forte', 'allegro' and 'adagio'.
All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their lessons with Mr Jackman - so much so, that some of the class have even signed up to continue their violin tuition!
Jack Brierley (Year 6) is doing a fantastic job leading a choir group at school who will perform in the forthcoming Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama. The choir children will be performing two songs: 'Hallelujah' written by Leonard Cohen and 'Higher' by Sigma. Jack will be performing the music on piano. The event will take place at Harrogate High School in March. The songs already sound fantastic so we are very excited to hear how our very talented children get on!
The Harrogate Festival choir group include: Jack (6M), Layla (4H), Florence (5/6C), Amina (4H), Phoebe (6FW), Olivia (4H), Eve (4H), Liberty (3/4K), Emma (5/6C), Sophie (6FW), Kathryn (6FW), Esme (3/4K), Jasmine (6M).
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.