Music is an area at Oak Lodge where pupils consistently make good progress. Pupils thrive in a supportive and stimulating environment where each contribution is valued by peers and staff alike. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their skills within the wider context of the ‘Performing Arts’.
- developing self-confidence and self-esteem, social skills and turn-taking through the medium of music
- composing and performing as part of a production
- taking part in projects with local and national theatre companies and on BBC local radio and television
- development of musical and performance interests outside of school
After a short programme of assessment, pupils work on skills foundational to their musical development. Areas of study include; scale conventions, musical motifs, descriptive music, music of other eras and cultures and the development of popular music. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop instrumental skills particularly on guitar, drums and keyboard. Some pupils are inspired to seek additional lessons. By the end of KS3 all pupils are confident to take part in ensemble performances within the classroom, school and outside community.
Pupils work is assessed through evaluation. Pupils learn to critique their own and others work against a range of given criteria. Pupils are able to respond positively and can change and improve their own work.
Parents are asked to support their child’s learning by exposing them to a range of musical genres. Where possible, students should be encouraged to value opinions and cultures different to their own. Musical experiences such as attending gigs and concerts are aspirational and positively impact learning.