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Music

Our specialist music teachers provide each child with the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Pupils perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

 

The school’s choir learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. Children understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation.

Curriculum Overview

 

The National Curriculum places emphasis upon three main study areas: Performing, responding to and composing music. EYFS to Year 3 places a greater focus on responding to and performing music, whilst still allowing opportunities for creative expression and improvisation. It is vital the children’s perception of musical changes and ability to communicate musically with their peers is developed rapidly at this stage. In Years 4 to 6 the expectation is  that all children should be responding to stimuli (musical/visual/aural), composing original pieces inspired stimuli presented and then conducting a series of in work progress performances allowing for development through peer and teacher feedback. 

 

Year Group Learning Objectives
EYFS
  • Sing weekly – single and two part
  • Gain an understanding of variations in pitch 
  • Develop an awareness of shifts in dynamics
  • Perceive tempo alterations
  • Take part in musical performance
  • Respond to simple rhythms
  • Explore musical creation through sound experimentation
Year 1
  • Singing weekly – single/two part and canon 
  • Recognise and mimic high and low pitches
  • Recognise and mimic loud and quiet dynamics
  • Respond to/and recognise changes in tempo 
  • Take part in musical performance -  whole class and group
  • Develop composition skills through sound experimentation using changes in dynamics
Year 2
  • Sing weekly – up to three parts 
  • Play a String Orchestra instrument – Violin, viola or cello
  • Develop technical vocabulary linked to instrument 
  • Grasp basic technique required – pizzicato, bowing and fingering 
  • Perform as a whole class in a formal concert setting
  • Continue to enhance understanding of tempo, dynamics and pitch
Year 3
  • Sing weekly – multi part 
  • Play the ukulele
  • Develop an understanding of harmony and chord structure
  • Develop technical vocabulary linked to instrument 
  • Grasp basic technique – fingering, strumming and chord changes
  • Perform as a whole class in a formal concert setting
  • Compose original chord sequences
Year 4
  • Learn to read, write and play the A minor pentatonic
  • Learn to recognise, read, write and play crotchets and quavers
  • Learn to recognise, read, write and play dynamics (pp –ff)
  • Create original compositions inspired by a cross curricular narrative
Year 5
  • Learn to read, write and play the Aeolian Mode
  • Learn to recognise, read, write and play minims, semi breves and semi quavers
  • Learn to recognise, read, write and play dynamics – (crescendo and diminuendo)
  • Create original compositions inspired by a cross curricular narrative
  • Study the structure of Rap Lyrics and compose original lyrics
Year 6
  • Learn to read, write and play chords/harmony
  • Learn to recognise, read, write and play rests (crotchet and quaver) 
  • Learn to recognise, read, write and play changes in tempo (accelerando and rittarnando)
  • Compose and play off beat rhythms
  • Compose Songs inspired base cross curricular topics (HMS Windrush, UNICEF etc.)
  • Study the structure protest song lyrics and compose original lyrics
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