At Oughterside Foundation school we aim to provide all pupils with a high-quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music. It can increase their self-confidence, creativity and imagination, and provide opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. Children participate in a wide range of activities to develop their talents in all aspects of music including rhythm work, instrumental skills, composition, notation, singing and appreciation.
We believe that opportunities for children to play in small groups or ensemble also helps to foster essential life skills such as co-operation, mutual support, self-discipline and commitment.
Music plays an important role in helping children to feel part of a community. We aim to organise and collaborate in projects to enable children to share their musical skills at different events both inside and outside of school.
First and foremost, we aim to develop a love of music both in respect to its appreciation and its creation.
We aim to ensure that pupils have sufficient understanding and language of the dimension of music (tempo, timbre, pitch) and can use these to discuss and appreciate a range of high quality musical pieces throughout history.
We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and British culture and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts. These skills are in addition to the development of the children’s voice as an instrument and retaining a core knowledge of traditional songs from UK culture.
All pupils are taught music in half-termly units. To ensure that teachers have sufficient subject knowledge, the school follows the Kapow music scheme and from external music teacher, Helen Teasdale.
In addition to the planned curriculum, additional opportunities are provided for all of the children. Children perform annually in a christmas carol concert and will be also participate in a summer performance.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied program which allows them to discover areas of strength. The integral nature of music and the learner creates a rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others and self-reflection.
Teacher assessment against curriculum outcomes are used to track the development and knowledge of our pupil’s musical ability.