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Meadowdale Primary School

 

Music

All children will experience the delights and disciplines of music through a demanding and rich curriculum, which will enable them to appreciate and understand a broad repertoire from the Western Classical tradition and the works of the musical giants of the past, to the best popular music and music from around the world, while also equipping them with the technical skills and creativity to compose and perform.

Each year group follows a variety of projects from the Charanga scheme of work, which supports all the requirements of the national curriculum. We have chosen this scheme because it is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers, providing clear progression and engaging, exciting resources for every lesson.

In time, we will transition to the new Model Music Curriculum, also through Charanga. The Model Music Curriculum (MMC) sets out sequences of learning in the following key areas which, when taken together, all contribute towards the steadily increasing development of musicianship:

  • Singing
  • Listening
  • Composing and
  • Performing/Instrumental Performance.

The MMC explores how musical techniques and skills can be nurtured and developed in all pupils through all Key Stages. It recognises that such skills may be expressed instrumentally, vocally or through music technology. The MMC takes as its starting point the ambition that every young person should be able to experience music and to make progress. This includes singing, as well as having the opportunity to learn an instrument through whole-class ensemble and small-group teaching at Key Stage 2.

 

 

Music Curriculum Overview

 

AUTUMN 1

AUTUMN 2

SPRING 1

SPRING 2

SUMMER  1

SUMMER 2

Year 6

Charanga:

Developing melodic phrases

 

How does music bring us together?

Charanga:

Understanding structure and form

 

How does music connect us with our past?

Charanga: Gaining confidence through performance

 

How does music improve our world?

Charanga:

Exploring notation further

 

How does music teach us about our community?

 

Key stage singing

Year 6 performance

Charanga:

Developing melodic phrases

 

How does music bring us together?

Charanga

Using chords and structure

 

How does music shape our way of life?

 

Year 5

Getting started with music tech- How does music bring us together?

Emotions and musical styles- How does music connect us with our past?

Exploring key and time signatures – How does music improve pur world? Exploring key and time signatures – How does music improve our world?

Introducing chords- How does Music teach us about our community?

Words, meaning and expression- How does music shape our way of life?

Identifying important musical elements- How does music connect us with the environment?

Year 4

Developing Notation Skills. Using these to play simple songs on the recorder.

 

 

Enjoying Improvisation

 

What stories does music tell us about the past?

Composing Using Your Imagination

 

How does music make the world a better place?

Sharing Musical Experiences

 

How does music help us get to know our community?

Learning More about Musical Styles

 

How does music make a difference to us every day?

Recognising different sounds

 

How does Music connect us with our planet?

Year 3

Developing Notation Skills. Using these to play simple songs on the recorder.

 

 

Enjoying Improvisation

 

What stories does music tell us about the past?

Composing Using Your Imagination

 

How does music make the world a better place?

Sharing Musical Experiences

 

How does music help us get to know our community?

Learning More about Musical Styles

 

How does music make a difference to us every day?

Year 2

 

Singing in class,and singing assemblies.  

Revise songs from year 1 21/22. 

Singing in class, singing assemblies and songs for the nativity.  

Christmas nativity songs 

Pulse, tempo and dynamics -  

Singing in class,and singing assemblies.  

Charanga 

I wanna play in a band 

 

WYCNK Instruments and their families  

 

 

Singing in class,and singing assemblies.  

 

Revise recognising and playing with the beat/pulse, rhythms, body percussion &percussion instruments. 

Introduce Notation

Crotchet, quaver, 1 beat rests, bar lines. Reading notation first and then use to record compositions. 

 

Composing – using body percussion and percussion instruments, children compose background sounds to tell the story of the Great Fire of London 

Singing in class,and singing assemblies.  

 

The different sections of the orchestra, Music which tells a story – orchestral, opera, ballet and tone poems 

To include Peter and the Wolf, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel etc. Listening and gain understanding that different melodies and instruments represent different characters in and actions of the story -by acting out. Chn to consider how the music makes them feel. 

Singing in class,and singing assemblies.  

 

Pulse, tempo and dynamics  

Further listening and appreciating - Grieg’s in the Hall of the Mountain King etc. 

 

Introduce tuned percussion. Children to learn to play gamelan bases. Then introduce lead child playing tune over the top 

YEAR 1

Charanga Introducing beat:  How can we make friends when we sing together?

Nativity songs

Charanga Adding rhythm and pitch -

How does music tell stories about the past?

Carnival of the animals

Charanga

Introducing tempo and dynamics -

How does music make the world a better place?

Charanga

Combining pulse, rhythm and pitch -

How does music help us to understand our neighbours?

Charanga Having fun with improv -

What songs can we sing to help us through the day?

Charanga

Explore sound and create a story -

How does music teach us about looking after our planet?

EYFS

Singing - nursery rhymes and action songs, Whole class. 

 

Small group work: 

Clapping whilst following teacher – changing tempo 

 

Introduction to playing percussion instruments. Tambourines, drums, maracas, triangles etc. 

 

Varying the tempo (speed) and the dynamics (loudness). 

 

Singing –, nursery rhymes and action songs. Longer songs plus songs for nativity 

Small group work: Introduce body percussion – follow teacher, vary tempo and combinations of actions. Rhythms increasing in complexity. 

The Snail and the Whale 

Compose sound effects to The Gruffalo and Bear Hunt using percussion instruments 

 

Using music, song and dance to tell stories (Gruffalo, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) 

 

Making Gruffalo Crumble 

 

 

Singing more complex songs – wider vocal range. 

 

Introduce  whole class body percussion 

 

Small group instrument work - Move to child taking the lead. Introduce child only playing when it is their turn. 

 

Introduce tunedpercussion- vary dynamics and tempo 

 

Listening to music and responding with movement. 

 

Grand Finale – whole class percussion session! 

Charanga 

 

Listening to music and responding with movement. 

 

Using music, song and dance to tell stories etcs TOYS 

Charanga 

 

Singing nursery rhymes and action songs.  

Using music, song and dance to tell stories (The Enormous Turnip, Jack and The Beanstalk) 

 

 

 

Charanga 

 

Singing nursery rhymes and action songs.  

Using music, song and dance to tell stories (What the Ladybird Heard)