Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Music in School

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Our Curriculum 2018


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Music in School

Autumn term

Foundation Stage: Are learning to sing nursery rhymes and action songs. They will begin to listen to different styles of music, learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs, improvise and explore musical instruments, and begin to perform and share what they have learnt.

Year 1: Are learning to sing Hey You! This is a simple rap song, which focuses on pitch, rhythm and pulse. The children are beginning to use a range of percussion instruments to accompany the song. They will begin to write their own rap songs in the next couple of weeks.

 Year 2: Are learning to sing Hands, Feet, Heart. This is a song that celebrates South African music. The

children are learning about the tempo, dynamics and the structure of this song. They will begin to listen to other South African music and songs, and will begin to use percussion instruments to improvise their own piece of African music.

 Year 3: Are looking at reggae music. They are currently learning to sing Three Little Birds which they are really enjoying! They are learning about the different styles in reggae music and learning to identify different types of instruments.

Year 4: Are learning to sing Lean On Me.They are listening to other Gospel and soul pieces, and are looking for style indicators for this type of music. They have been linking their music to their work on the slave trade.

 Year 5: Are learning to sing Don't Stop Believing. They are looking at other music from the 80's and learning about different style indicators. They are learning about the different elements of music, and are beginning to read musical notation.

Year 6: Are learning to sing Living On A Prayer. They are looking at style indicators for other rock songs, and will begin to create their own rock song. They are learning about the different elements of music, learning to read musical notation and learning to play tuned and untuned instruments.

 Spring term

Foundation stage: This half term FS are learning all about China and Chinese New Year. They will be exploring and listening to Chinese music and linking their topic work to their music lessons.They will create and improvise their own musical pieces and look at the instruments used in music from China.

Year 1: 'In the Groove,' is this half terms musical focus. They will learn the 'in the groove,' song, which  demonstrates different

 styles of music. Children will continue to learn about the dimensions of music including pitch, pulse and rhythm, and will  continue to improvise and create their own pieces of music, learning about different instruments.

 Year 2: Year 2 are learning all about the glockenspiel ( stage 1) They will learn about the background of the instrument, how it is made and begin to learn how to play a glockenspiel properly. They will learn songs and create their own pieces of music to perform. After half term, the children will be learning all about being in a band, and will listen to a range of music by different bands.

Year 3: Year 3 will be learning about the glockenspiel and xylophone ( stage 2) They will build on existing skills and begin to learn more songs to perform which include more notes and skill. They will then learn about Benjamin Britten, and learn the song 'There was a monkey.' The children will have opportunity to research Benjamin Britten's life and to listen and discuss many of his other pieces.

 Year 4: Will continue to learn about different tuned and untuned instruments, and will have opportunity to explore them; discussing their backgrounds and how they differ. They will play a range of tuned and untuned instruments and build on their

glockenspiel skills. They will then learn another of Benjamin Brittens's pieces, 'Cuckoo.'

 Year 5: Year 5 will begin to learn all about jazz music. They will learn basic jazz,'Three note bossa,' and 'The five note swing,' and use these new skills to play a piece of jazz music. They will also improvise and perform their own pieces of jazz. They will learn about the background of jazz and continue to learn  the interellated dimensions of music.

Year 6: Year 6 will begin the term by continuing to learn about jazz. All learning will be focused around 'Bacharach Anorak and Meet The Blues.' They will then learn about rap music and create their own raps, based on the song 'The fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'

Summer term

Foundation stage: This term, FS will be preparing their musical knowledge for transitioning into year 1. They will be listening and learning about funk music.

Year 1: This term, year 1 will be listening to songs that show different musical dimensions. They will be listening to a mash up of latin, dance and jazz music and learning about the different dimensions these types of music have.

Year 2: Year 2 will be focusing on one song for the first half term called 'zootime.' This is a reggae song and children will be learning about the different dynamics, whilst performing their own pieces.

Year 3: This term Year 3 will be learning about RnB music. They will listen to; let your spirit fly, heal the world,consider yourself, and aint no mountain high enough. They will compare different types of music before performing an RnB song.

Year 4: 
'lean on me,; is the name of the 6 week topic. Children will be listening to and appraising the song by Bill Withers, as well as learning, rehearsing and performing. They will continue to develop their understanding of musical notation. 

Year 5: 
Year 5 will be focusing on rap, to make people more aware about bullying. They will listen to artists who rap from around the world, as well as improvising, writing and creating their own rap about bullying. They will continue to develop their understanding of musical notation.