“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” - Plato
At Oughtrington Community Primary School, music is taught throughout the school as a class subject and in a cross-curricular way through our topics. The aim is to develop each child’s musical potential giving opportunities for self-expression and creativity.
We aim to foster all children’s enjoyment of music through the experience of a wide range of musical styles and activities. Pupils are encouraged to develop their singing ability and to explore the sounds made by a wide range of tuned and un-tuned instruments, beginning to compose music and an introduction to music technology using apps like Garage Band. Through these activities the children also learn about the elements of music, for example, pitch, duration, texture and dynamics.
Through all of our teaching of music and the use of music in assembly, we aim to develop children's listening skills and their appreciation of a wide range of music styles and genres, from all periods throughout history up to modern day and music from Europe and around the world. Instrumental tuition is available to all children with a payable fee for a range of instruments including piano and guitar. We have a well-established choir (our Song Birds) who take part in concerts throughout the year, in school and the local community. Both children and staff take pride and enjoyment in our many performances during the year, including EYFS & Key Stage One Christmas performances, Year 3 & 4 Christmas Carol service, involvement in Young Voices at the MEN, Harvest Festival performances from EYFS, KS1 & KS2, the Pan Arts Festival at The Parr Hall and the Year 6 Summer production.
We have a weekly singing assembly where each term our songs focus on our current school value, which reinforces positive messages and allows the children to embrace our values through music.
The programme of study and skills progression for each Key Stage covers objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum providing all children with a broad and balanced Music curriculum.
“If music be the food of love, play on” William Shakespeare