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Music Curriculum - what's happening?

Autumn 1

 

Reception – Me

In this unit, children will learn to sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs, Pat-a-cake, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive, This Old Man, Five Little Ducks, Name Song and Things For Fingers.  These lessons also explore the topics of Growing, Homes, Colour, Toys and How I look.  Children will be listening and responding to different styles of music and improvising with classroom instruments for a class performance.

 

Year 1 – Hey You!

This song is written in an Old-School Hip Hop style for children to learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other Old-School Hip Hop tunes - Me, Myself And I by De La Soul, Fresh Prince of Bel Air by Will Smith, Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang and U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer. They will march in time to the pulse, clap back and improvise rhythms, and be encouraged to include some instruments and funky moves for their class performance. 

 

Year 2 – Hands, Feet, Heart

Hands, Feet, Heart is a song written for children to celebrate and learn about South African Music. Other songs they will learn about are The Click Song sung by Miriam Makeba,     The Lion Sleeps Tonight sung by Soweto Gospel Choir,  Bring Him Back Home by Hugh Masekela, You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon and  Hlokoloza by Arthur Mofokate.  They will find the pulse, as they dance, get funky and find the groove.  They will clap back and compose rhythms and sing in groups and as a class.

 

 

Autumn 2

 

Reception – My Stories

Children will learn to sing several nursery rhymes and action songs, including, I’m A Little Teapot, The Grand Old Duke Of York, Ring O’ Roses, Hickory Dickory Dock, Not Too Difficult and The ABC Song.  These lesson will explore many topics, such as imagination, Christmas, Festivals, Fairies, Pirates, Treasure, Superheroes, Let’s Pretend and Once Upon A Time.

 

Year 1 – Rhythm in the Way We Walk and Banana Rap

All the learning in this unit is focused around two songs: Rhythm In The Way We Walk (Reggae style) and Banana Rap (Hip Hop style). The children will listen to other styles of music, from as early as Mars from the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst, and Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, to more modern pieces – Happy by Pharrell Williams and When I’m 64 by The Beatles.  They will appraise these varied pieces, building up through discussion some awareness of the interrelated dimensions of music, such as pulse, texture, tempo and dynamics.  They will listen for a hook in songs, and consider how verses are part of song structure.

 

Year 2 – Ho Ho Ho

Children listen to a Christmas song, Ho Ho Ho by Joanna Mangona and Jane Sebba and through rehearsing, prepare to perform it with instrumental percussion parts.  They also listen to a variety of songs, namely Blame it on the Boogie by The Jackson 5, Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) by Hugh Masekela, Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley, Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder and Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra. These songs and the Ho Ho Ho song too, will enable the pupils to listen out to identify different instruments and consider verses and raps as part of a song’s structure. 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1

 

Reception- Big Bear Funk

The children will listen and appraise funk music each week including I feel Good by James Brown and Superstition by Stevie Wonder.  They will also listen to Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing by Incognito and My Promise by Earth Wind & Fire, learning that this style of music brings strong rhythmic groove and lots of energy. Children will explore and create using their voices and instruments. They will learn to sing Big Bear Funk and revisit nursery rhymes and action songs and will dance to music.

 

Year 1- Your Imagination

In this unit, children will listen and appraise a number of songs including: ‘Supercalifragilistice xpialidocious’ from Mary Poppins and ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory soundtrack. These songs, and Daydream Believer by The Monkees, Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie and A Whole New World from Aladdin are about using your imagination. Children will close their eyes and imagine what they can see. They will hear keyboards and drums as they listen before they find the pulse to music and copy and clap back rhythms. Children will use glockenspiels to play instrumental parts within the song of notes G and C. The unit will end with a class performance of Your Imagination.

 

Year 2- Friendship Song

The learning in this unit is focused around The Friendship Song by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman. Children will also listen to Count On Me by Bruno Mars and You Give a Little Love from Bugsy Malone. Other songs they will appraise are We Go Together (from Grease soundtrack), You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman and That’s What Friends Are For by Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and Elton John. The children will play games to find the pulse as they march, sway or tap their knees as well as clap back rhythm patterns before performing the song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3 – Let Your Spirit Fly

This learning is focused around a Charanga original song, in an R n B style, Let Your Spirit Fly.  Children will also learn about the Colonel Bogey March by Kenneth Alford,  Consider Yourself from the musical ‘Oliver!’, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and You’re the First, the Last, My Everything by Barry White.  Alongside learning to sing the song, they will play instrumental parts within the song, improvise using voice or instruments and compose, as they prepare for a class performance.

 

Year 4 – Mamma Mia

This unit focuses on Mamma Mia by ABBA, a timeless Pop song from the 70s. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with the well known song, children will listen and appraise more ABBA hits -  Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All, Waterloo, Super Trouper and Thank You For The Music.  They will sing the song and play instrumental parts within it, as well as improvising and composing with voice and instruments.

 

Year 5 -  Livin' On A Prayer. 

As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other classic rock songs - We Will Rock You By Queen, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, Rockin’ All Over The World by Status Quo, Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry and I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles.  They will practise singing with instrumental parts, ready for a class performance.

 

Year 6 – Happy

All the learning in this unit – including rhythm and pulse games, singing and playing instruments - is focused around one song: Happy, a Pop song by Pharrell Williams. The other music which pupils listen to and learn about is; Top Of The World sung by The Carpenters, Don’t Worry Be Happy sung by Bobby McFerrin, Walking On Sunshine sung by Katrina And The Waves, When You’re Smiling sung by Frank Sinatra and Love Will Save The Day sung by Brendan Reilly.

Year 3 – Glockenspiel Stage 1

The learning is focused around exploring and developing playing skills through the glockenspiel or for those who have previous knowledge, the recorder. The children are introduced to the glockenspiel a note at a time, with backing tracks matching each note and building up their understanding of musical notation as they play.  The children are introduced to different lengths of notes, and to where notes are placed on a treble stave. As with all units, there are also opportunities for improvisation and composition.

 

Year 4 – Glockenspiel Stage 2

The learning is focused around exploring and developing playing skills through the glockenspiel or if you have previous knowledge, the recorder. The children build on their iintroduction to the glockenspiel last year, still developing their confidence a note at a time, alongside backing tracks.  The children are introduced to musical notation and are taught about pitch, rhythm and pulse. As with all units, there are also opportunities for improvisation and composition.

 

Year 5 – Classroom Jazz 1

All the learning is focused around two tunes Three Note Bossa and Five Note Swing and there is plenty of opportunity for improvising and composition.  The children will listen to Desafonado, Cotton Tail, Five Note Swing and Things Ain’t What They Used to Be, appraising them by listening for solos, texture, tempo and changing dynamics and also discovering when and where certain styles, such as Bossa Novas or Swing Jazz, come from.

 

Year 6 – Classroom Jazz 2

Lots of the learning for this unit builds on the Jazz learnt last year and is focused around two tunes Bacharach Anorak and Meet The Blues, with improvising and composition a main feature. Children will also listen to additional songs; Speaking my Piece, Take the A Train, Meet the Blues, Back O’ Town Blues and One O’Clock Jump.  They will identify various instruments, listening in particular for solos and how texture is built up.  They will learn about tempo and dynamics, Burt Bacharach’s style and Latin American Groove.  The structure of the songs they appraise will be built into their own improvisations, and they will practice singing each melody before attempting to play it.

Year 3- Bringing us Together

The song Bringing Us Together composed for Charanga by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman is a Disco song about friendship, peace, hope and unity. As they listen to it, they will hear: Keyboard, drums, bass, a female singer. ‘Ain’t No Stopping us Now’ by McFadden and Whitehead and ‘Good Times’ by Nile Rodgers will also be appraised. Children will also listen to Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan,  Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan and Car Wash by Rose Royce.  Using ‘Bringing us Together’, they will play instrumental parts with the songs with glockenspiels by ear and/or from notation.

 

Year 4- Blackbird

All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Blackbird by The Beatles - a song about civil rights. Children will also listen to and appraise a range of Beatles songs - Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude, Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday and Let It Be. Children practise finding the rhythm and pitch in songs and use instruments to improvise. They will also compose a simple melody using simple rhythms choosing notes from the Pentatonic scale.

 

Year 5- Dancing in the Street

All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Dancing in The Street by Martha And The Vandellas. Children will also hear a variety of Motown songs and learn about its history and importance in the development of Popular music. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) sung by The Four Tops , I Heard It Through The Grapevine sung by Marvin Gaye , Ain’t No Mountain High Enough sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell You Are The Sunshine Of My Life sung by Stevie Wonder The Tracks Of My Tears sung by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles. Children will be encouraged to think about the tempo and dynamics in the songs and will also identify which instruments and voices they hear. The class will learn to sing ‘Dancing in the Street’ including lead and backing vocals and will learn to play instruments to the song, with their own improvisations and compositions.

 

Year 6- Music and Me

This unit focuses on inspirational women working in music. Four British female contemporary artists are featured and interviewed; all living in the UK, expressing themselves through music and with different cultural backgrounds. Throughout this series, our children will explore the concept of ‘identity’ – the various elements that shape us. After appraising other music by Anna Meridith, Afrodeutsche, Shiva Feshareki and Eska, they will be invited to try out different ways of making their own music- they will work in groups to create their own lyrics and compose their own music ready for a class performance.