Music at Shire Oak
At Shire Oak we follow the National Curriculum for teaching music. We use the Charanga scheme, as recommended by our local music hub (LMEP) to ensure well planned, sequenced and resourced lessons are taught in music. To supplement our use of this scheme we have many music-making opportunities at Shire Oak. In Year 4 all children learn to play the djembe drum in weekly sessions with a specialist teacher. The music leader leads weekly singing assemblies. Reception, Year One and Year Two take part in musical Nativity performances, Years Three and Four take part in a musical Easter production and Years Five and Six take part in an end of year musical production. All children take part in our preparations for the Headingley Youth Music Festival that is a school-led festival for the local area. Children from Year 2 can sign up for weekly instrument lessons taught by peripatetic music teachers and join ensembles (such as the Headingley and Kirkstall Combined Schools Band). School applies for bursaries and uses its own Opportunities Fund to ensure access to this offer is as wide as possible and well over half of the children at Shire Oak learn to play a musical instrument whilst they are at primary school.