MUSIC

                               

Please click HERE to read our Curriculum Statement for Music.  


 

The School employs Mrs Watson -  a specialist music teacher- to teach music.  This provides pupils with the best opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of the curriculum. 

 

    

    ​Mrs Watson




Year 1

Singing

   Harvest: The children will sing songs with enjoyment​ and perform to an audience in

the Harvest Assembly.

Christmas: ​The children will sing songs with simple musical accompaniments

Easter: The children will sing songs with a developing awareness of pitch.


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In their music lessons, the children will explore timbre and simple sound representation  through graphic score as well as the musical elements of dynamics and tempo.  They will develop an understanding of simple rhythmic patterns.

Linking with their topic of the Great Fire of London, the school’s focus will be on 17th Century

music and composers.

 

 


Year 2

Singing

Harvest: The children will develop an expressive use of the voice with an awareness of dynamics and will take a lead in the Harvest Assembly.

Christmas: The children will sing with an understanding of structure (verse - chorus) and will accompany songs with tuned and untuned percussion instruments.

Easter: The children will sing songs extending the vocal range and accuracy of pitch.


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In their music lessons, the children will understand how music is used to tell stories and paint pictures and will extend rhythmic awareness and understand how it can be represented on a simple musical score.  They will develop an understanding of pitch and melody in relation to tuned percussion instruments​.

Linking with their RE work, the whole school focus in assemblies will be linked to other cultures: Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Islam as well as Christianity.

 

Year 3

Singing

Harvest: The children will sing songs with an awareness of shape, melody and mood.

Christmas: The children will sing with increased accuracy of pitch and confidence and will sing in two parts.

Easter: The children will sing with an awareness of purpose and occasion and will understand how lyrics can create rhythmic patterns.



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In their music lessons, the children will understand how music can trigger memories, create mood and tell a story. They will develop an awareness of beat and rhythm and understand how tempo influences these.  They will explore, choose, combine and create musical ideas

Linking with their geography topic, the whole school focus in assemblies will be music composed to describe our surroundings e.g. earthquakes, volcanoes, backing music for films and TV programmes.

 



Year 4

Singing

Harvest: The children will sing songs with confidence, good posture and an awareness of sha​pe and phrase.

Christmas: The children will sing in groups sustaining two parts with more complex entries and melodies.

Easter: The children will extend their vocal range through part singing.



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In their music lessons, the children will develop rhythmic awareness and layer patterns paying attention to the beat.  They will understand melody and pitch through exploration of pitched instruments and will understand the importance of music in film and storytelling.

Linking with their art topic, the whole school focus in assemblies will be music composed in the 18th and 19th centuries, where music has been used to describe water, streams, rivers and the sea.

  



Year 5

Singing

Harvest: The children will sing songs in small groups or as solosits with good breath control, awareness of phrase and accurate diction​.

   Christmas: The children will experiment and be aware of vocal tone and expression when singing.

      Easter: the children will develop singing in two or more parts.


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In their music lessons, the children will understand and identify different styles of music by looking at structure and form.  They will create, improvise and develop rhythmic composition using notation for example, graphic notation.  They will develop an understanding of all musical elements through free composition of a given theme.

Linking with their topic of materials, the whole school focus in assemblies will be on 20th and 21st century music. The children will learn how different instruments are used to create sounds as well as multi-cultural links to materials in the environment used to make music.

  



Year 6

Singing

Harvest: The children will sing with a complete understanding of pitch, context and occasion, creating mood and atmosphere with the voice​.

Christmas: The children will develop an understanding of how breath control and phrasing contributes to a good vocal sound.

Easter: The children will sing with confidence, in groups or as soloists, with good posture and a true awareness of 'performance'.


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In their music lessons the children  will develop an understanding of notation and how music can be written in different ways. They will develop an understanding of  musical history and style and create a blues song / or appropriate composition.

In their Leavers' Production the children will explore, choose and organise musical material into a performance.

 

Linking with their history topic on the World Wars, the school’s focus in assemblies will be on music composed during the World Wars.

  

   

Guitar lessons are currently being offered as an optional extra for a small charge for junior children.

 

 

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