Music is a special part of our community here at Oxford Gardens. Every child participates in music for learning and also for fun!
Much of our music making is built upon singing. Research says that singing makes us all happier, healthier and more creative and also promotes skills for life-long learning such as concentration, listening and language.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, Music is taught weekly by the class teacher following a singing programme called Jolly Music. This teaches elements of music such as pitch, pulse and rhythm through songs and games.
In Key Stage 2 this year, we are continuing our successful new partnership with Ark Schools Music, a specialist singing programme. Margaret from the Ark Music Team visits the school every fortnight and these sessions are followed up by our class teachers. Our aim is for every pupil to sing and perform with confidence and joy! We are also excited to launch a new partnership with the Royal College of Music who will be coming to work with Year 4 this half term.
As well as music lessons, all children attend a weekly singing assembly. We even have school song ‘The Ship of Adventure’ written with the children, which you can find lower down on this page.
We also offer several extra-curricular opportunities. Small group instrumental lessons on cello and violin are taught by music tutors each week and we have an inspirational school orchestra which rehearses every Monday afternoon and performs twice a year. Letters about instrument lessons can be downloaded here:
You can also explore other opportunities for learning musical instrumentals locally through the tri-borough music hub https://www.triboroughmusichub.org/
Our school choir is open to young singers in Years 5 and 6 and we practise every Friday afternoon and perform both in school and in the community. Our Young Music Mentor Abbi will be supporting choir again this year.
Please see Miss Sheppard (Fairy Class) if you would like more information about Music at Oxford Gardens.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato