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‘There’s music is every child. The teacher’s job is to find it and nurture it.’

Frances Clark

Here at The Oval, we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to become real musicians but to also create, perform and appreciate a wide range of music using and listening to the instruments that can create such diverse sounds. Within our music programme, children learn to compose, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods and genres including those of great composers and musicians.

Weekly music lessons are lively and interactive that aim to foster a passion for music in children of all abilities; the music lessons aim to help all the children flourish in other areas of learning. Our lessons encourage children to explore making their own sounds using voices and a range of percussion instruments. Children learn to communicate these sounds using expression and by understanding and using terminology such as duration, pitch, tempo, volume and structure.

Pupils of The Oval school are also encouraged to use the most natural musical instrument – their voice! It is our vision to encourage all children to enjoy singing as it is not only educational but offers great scope to be creative and have fun! Weekly singing assemblies allow pupils to learn new songs and share their work with others. In addition, we are proud that our school choir have joined other schools and performed at events in Birmingham – including performing at St Paul’s Cathedral.

All children in Year 4 are given the opportunity to participate in a whole class instrumental teaching programme delivered by Services for Education, Birmingham. The Music Service teachers work in close partnership with the class teacher for a session of around 45 minutes per class each week for the full year. Each week, children interact in a variety of activities including singing and opportunities for composition and improvisation. This programme also offers pupils the chance to loan an instrument which, after careful preparation and training, they will be able to take home for practice. Instruments played at The Oval include: violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Additionally, pupils are offered to continue learning as ‘electives’ into Year 5 and Year 6. As performance is a key element of the programme, pupils are able to perform to the school and parents in assemblies on a termly basis.

Our Music curriculum ensures children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.

To find out more about what your child will be learning in music, please visit the year group curriculum pages.



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