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’. Pupils are able to compose and perform as part of a production and have taken part in projects with local and national theatre companies and on BBC local radio and television.
- 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
The majority of pupils take music as an option at KS4. Pupils are able to formalise their skills by studying for an Entry Level qualification. Pupils study a variety of musical genres developing their instrumental, composing, ensemble and ICT skills. Where appropriate, pupils work is also accredited through ‘Arts Award’ where pupils are challenged to develop their skills within a wider context.
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.