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Music Subject Leader - Kate Barrett

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Vision for Music

At Oatlands Junior School, the high-quality Music 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.  The Music Curriculum will give children the opportunity to:


  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.


Choir and peripatetic music lessons also take place each week led by a specialist music teachers from Encore!, music provision from the Red Kite Learning Trust. 

Pupil Performances 

Whilst the children have been at home during our school closure, they have been sending in videos showcasing their fantastic musical talents. Here are just a few examples:

Holly Linford.mp4

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Samir Evans.mp4

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St Mark's Christmas Concert 2019

The Christmas Concert has been a real success! Each year group learnt their own song to tell the story of the nativity,

the OJS choir performed the two Christmas songs they have been working on this term and we also had a few exceptionally brave and talented solo singers performing 'Once in Royal David's City' and 'Child in a Manger Born.' 

Guitar Performance

Some of the children who have been having guitar lessons at school put on a great show in assembly. They performed as a group the songs they have been learning this term, finishing with a festive number called 'Feliz Navidad.' They were absolutely fantastic!


Christmas Carollers 

The OJS choir have been spreading the Christmas cheer this week, walking to St Michael's Hospice and Larchfield Manor to perform the songs they have been learning along with some well-known traditional Christmas Carols. 

Summer Music Concert - 4th July 2019

Within school, we have some extremely talented and hardworking musicians and singers who were all brave enough to perform in front of their peers and families in this year's Summer Concert.  The performances were of an extremely high standard, inspiring others to want to take part in the opportunities provided within school. Thank you to all the pupils who performed and all their efforts which kept us all so entertained and in awe! 


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!

Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama

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). 

Traditional Christmas Carol Performance at St. Mark's Church

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.

Carolling at Larchfield Manor, Harrogate

Choir have had a very busy but enjoyable week spreading lots of festive cheer. In addition to St. Michael's Hospice, Choir also visited Larchfield Manor Residential Home in Harrogate to perform to the residents and staff. The children sang beautifully and very much enjoyed the gingerbread treats at the end! 

Carolling at St. Michael's Hospice, Harrogate

This week, Choir were warmly welcomed by staff and residents when they visited St. Michael's Hospice in Harrogate to perform carols and Christmas songs.  There was lots of Christmas cheer as the children performed to an eager audience who really enjoyed listening and joining in. The children even got to meet a huge and well-loved Leonberger 'Pets As Therapy' dog who was part of the audience!


Choir have been busy practising their Christmas songs which they will be performing shortly for a variety of different audiences. They are really looking forward to performing to the residence, patients and staff at Larchfield Manor Residential Home and St. Michael's Hospice next week.  They are also performing at St. Mark's Church for our annual school Christmas performance. 

3M Violin Concert

Last Monday, all the children in 3M performed a violin concert for their parents and carers. They have been learning to play the violin during their music lessons with Mr Jackman, a specialist Music teacher from Harrogate Grammar school.  This concert was a wonderful celebration of all the children have learnt this term in Music. 


Orchestra have been absorbed in their task of learning and practising carols in time for the annual Christmas performance at St. Mark's Church, Harrogate.  We are all looking forward to hearing them perform their instruments!

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