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How do we teach Music at Red Oaks Primary School?

'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.' Plato

At Red Oaks, we believe that music is one way in which we can make sense of our lives. It is a universal language spanning time, cultures and disciplines and, through music, we can express, represent and communicate our ideas and perceptions.

Music Development Plan 2024/25

Through music provision at Red Oaks, we aim to:
  • Involve every pupil in music making
  • Enable children to realise their individual creative potential
  • Broaden children’s musical awareness and foster an appreciation of music from different times and cultures
  • Ensure progression of musical skills involves in performing, composing, listening and appraising.
  • Develop social and personal skills, which are transferable across the curriculum.
  • Contribute to the life of the school and wider community
  • Encourage children to express themselves
  • Develop self-esteem through musical achievement
  • Encourage children to leave school with a love of music and with happy memories of their musical experiences
Our music lessons are based on expectations set out in the National Curriculum and we use a scheme of work called Active Music, which develops children’s understanding of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, texture, structure and notation

All children participate in music lessons of at least 30 minutes weekly. We are looking forward to taking full advantage of our new designated music room as of September 2019 where all classes’ music lessons will take place.

Extra-curricular music opportunities are also available to pupils who wish to participate. These include:
  • Specialist peripatetic music teachers delivering instrumental tuition including piano, violin, guitar and drumming
  • Choir (available for KS1 and KS2)
We love to perform at Red Oaks and we have a lot of talented Musicians and performers at Red oaks. Take a look at one of our many virtual concerts that we have done! Superstars!!

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Schemes of Work

Active Music

There are four progressive teaching blocks in the Active Music Scheme:
Rhythm & Pulse, Instrumental and Pitch, Singing Games and Composing

Rhythm & Pulse
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Instrumental and Pitch
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Singing Games
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Red Oaks Primary School, Redhouse Way, North Swindon Learning Campus, Swindon SN25 2AN
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