Statement of Intent for MUSIC
‘A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their
self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.
Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue is a school deeply committed to the development of musical knowledge and fostering of talent among all pupils. In addition to high quality statutory music provision, the Academy runs a number of extra-curricular and additional activities to develop children’s enthusiasm, enjoyment and creativity within Music.
We believe that teaching music at Henderson Avenue encapsulates the Oasis 9 Habits. It is a most powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential regardless of their background and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
At Henderson Avenue we aim to enable all children regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
We employ a Specialist Music Teacher to deliver high quality fully interactive practical music lessons for pupils in years 3-6. The recorder is taught in year 3 with samba, glockenspiel, ukulele and Taiko taught in years 4-6. All lessons are based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze principles where possible and singing is encouraged in all year groups. The specialist music teacher also plans for the music inKS1. All key stages follow the national curriculum expectations.
All instrumental lessons are free of charge enabling any pupil from any background to learn an instrument. Music is delivered as a fully inclusive discipline at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, enabling all children to develop a thirst for Music education. This includes lessons from the music specialist and the Music Support Service.
In addition to high quality statutory music provision, the Academy runs a number of extra-curricular and additional activities to develop children’s enthusiasm, enjoyment and creativity within Music. These include: orchestra, guitar group, traditional clog dancing, penny whistle group, folk group and an inclusive choir. We are hoping to also include a woodwind and brass group and a taiko group in the near future.
We subsidise ABRSM exams and encourage pupils to take them believing that all pupils can achieve these national exams, we have had high success rates. Local music festivals are entered to give pupils performance opportunities and they also help to develop self-esteem and confidence. We also work very closely with the North Lincolnshire Music Hub and encourage pupils to attend concerts, the music centre groups and Hub play days.
We have a special relationship with the Scunthorpe Cooperative Choir who rehearse at our school each Friday and with Folklincs a traditional music organisation who put on youth workshops at the school. They also run the North Lincolnshire Youth Folk Ensemble who rehearse at the school.
We are now working closely with our nearest secondary school, St Lawrence Academy, who have recently appointed a new head of music after many years without having one, this is to enable smooth progression for our pupils into year 7.
Music is delivered as a fully inclusive discipline at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, enabling all children to develop a thirst for Music education.
All pupils will feel that music can be accessed if they wish. Music will be evident throughout the academy, especially by pupils wishing to improve and practice. Music will not be just for the elite at Oasis Henderson Avenue but for the many.
Pupils will leave Henderson Avenue with an understanding of music which will enable them to enjoy music in secondary school and in the wider community.