Music & Drama
Oakwood has four thriving choirs (Year 1, Year 2, Junior and Senior) and several smaller singing groups who perform regularly at school as well as in festivals and competitions. Oakwood's music reputation is very high and is one of the school's many strengths.
We are proud of our record of achievement in Music; the choir have won the Chichester Festival Choir competition 8 out of the previous 9 years and reached the quarter finals of the 2010 BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition. They have also sung at the Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London.
The children at Oakwood are encouraged to perform, to help build their confidence, and there are regular informal concerts and opportunities to hear the children play or sing.
65% of the children play a musical instrument; both group and private lessons can be arranged. Instruments include; piano, voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, stringed instruments, guitar, recorder, drums and trumpet.
Additionally, every class from Nursery to Year 2 receives a music lesson each week, with opportunities to join musical clubs and take individual lessons.
The children from the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 (Years 1 & 2) each perform an annual Nativity play. This is always a wonderful celebration.
Drama is an important part of the school Curriculum from Year 1, when children can study for their LAMDA exams.
Year 6 perform an end of year play. Years 3, 4 & 5 have annual drama evenings, showcasing what they have learnt in their lessons. The Year 6 play and the drama evenings are a great opportunity for everyone in each year group to take part and build their confidence.
The Friday whole school assemblies, to which parents are warmly invited, offer ample opportunities for additional performing experience.