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Music at Outwood

Music at Outwood

Here, at Outwood Primary School, we recognise that Music is a wonderful avenue for children to express themselves and, as such, it is a vital element  of their education.

All children are given the opoprtunity to explore music through a wide variety of genres, using instruments to enhance their performance and as a medium to perform their own compositions.  Staff follow a progression of skills map that ensure pupils' musical learning builds on prior knowledge and understanding through the years. 

KS1 and KS2 children are offered opportunities to learn the guitar or ukulele, via an external peripetetic music teacher.  The development of their ability is evident through regular perfomances within school.

Outwood also invests in providing a tremendously experienced steel pan teacher, who comes into school to teach our Upper Key Stage 2.   Over the years, children play a wide range of songs, play a musical instrument, read musical notes and perform music together as a steel pan band - all with amazing results. The pupils thoroughly enjoy performing at a range of venues and events such as at our local Heald Green Festival, in church and in Heald Green village.

After the restrictions Covid placed on us, we can join together as performers and audience. From our Early Years to Y6, children at Outwood develop a love of singing and performing. 

Our EYFS present an annual Christmas 'Sing-a-long' to parents and relatives, singing traditional songs and hymns, accompanied with jingling winter bells, tea lights and Santa hats.  We also invite parents and relatives to our Easter Bonnet Parade, when the youngest of our school, sing fun spring-type songs and rhymes.

FS2 & KS1 children learn songs for our annual Christmas performance, all children gain confidence to perform to a large audience.    To celebrate and mark Y6's end of 'primary school journey', they take a huge role in creating a bespoke production, unique to belonging to Outwood.   

All of these productions (extremely well supported and received) are presented to audiences including school pupils and staff, parents and other relatives.

As an extra-curricular, weekly activity, KS2 children are invited to join Outwood's Choir.  Here they prepare and learn a wide variety of songs to perform in the center of Manchester as they join a host of other North West schools to become part of the 'Young Voices' choir. After preparation for this main event, the choir continue to learn other songs from different cultures and times.  Outwood's choir is confident and enthusiastic when performing in school to parents at events such as our annual Mother's Day Tea or in the local community for Harvest or in the foyer of John Lewis for Christmas.

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