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Music

 

At Cannon Lane our aim is to foster in our children a passion for music that will lead them to have a lifelong enjoyment of music making. Music is a part of school life across all Key Stages and is intrinsically woven into children’s wider learning experiences. We set high expectations but above all, we want children to love and appreciate what music can bring to their lives.

 

In 2020, we were delighted to be named a Music Mark School in recognition of our commitment to delivering high quality music education.

 

Aims

Our music curriculum is designed to produce well rounded musicians who will be well prepared to meet the requirements of Key Stage 3 music once they move onto high school and beyond.

 

  • ​Children are taught how to perform confidently, develop their individual creative voice through composition and listen attentively and analytically to music across all Key Stages.
  • ​Each year our curriculum aims to build upon certain key principles. These include: rhythm and tempo; pitch; dynamics and significant current and historical figures/works.
  •  ​New knowledge and skills are presented to the children as a way to access exciting new learning experiences, with lessons centred around creative and exploratory activities. This organic development of skills and knowledge allows for flexibility for children’s different start points. Children are always being challenged.
  • ​​Staff receive support and CPD from a designated specialist subject leader to ensure high standards.

 

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 by this stimuli and then conducting a series of work in-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 by cross curricular topics (HMS Windrush, UNICEF etc.)
  • Study the structure protest song lyrics and compose original lyrics

Extra-Curricular

Children’s love of collective music making is fostered through weekly singing assemblies, as well as a wide range of choirs and ensembles. We also provide inclusive access to small group instrumental tuition, with over 50% of children in Key Stage 2 studying an instrument in school. This commitment enables the school to take part in and host a wide array of performance opportunities throughout the academic year and ensure that every child has the opportunity to sing and play together.
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