‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Becoming Musicians

 …speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…
Ephesians 5:19

 

Music at Whitegate CE Primary School

 

At Whitegate CE Primary School, we aim to nurture restless curiosity, appreciation and passion for music.

Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children develop confidence, communication and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. These activities use both sides of the brain; it fosters connections, which improve memory and coordination.

The skills involved in playing and listening to music also help learners develop skills and ideas, both independently and cooperatively, to prepare them ‘for life in all its fullness.’     

All children, especially in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), learn music through exploring exciting challenges and by using a range of media and materials. 

 

The aims of teaching music in our school are:

  • To 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
  • To learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • To 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.

 

 

Websites we recommend to explore:
BBC Teach:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw2ntv4/resources/1

Myleene’s Music Klass: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
 

 

If you have any questions about our Music curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) via the school office.
Thank you

 

Our Music year group curriculum overview:

 

 

 

Our school delivers the music curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons.  We have a range of instruments to enable us to do this and a scheme of work ‘Music Express.’  In Foundation Stage (Acorns), children explore music through a variety of stimulus and media. It is delivered as part of taught sessions and available to the children as part of their continuous provision.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Maple

Year 1

Focus – Singing and Performance 

Harvest and Christmas productions 

Sea shanties

 

Focus – Composing, Performance and Instruments

Untuned percussion, simple drumming rhythms

Focus – Listening, Appraising and Performance 

Maypole - music and movement

Folk music listening and appraising

 

Beech

Year 2/3 

Focus – Singing and Performance 

Harvest and Christmas productions 

Focus – Listening and Appraising

Indian music linked to Inter faith week 

Focus – Composing, Performance and Instruments

Recorder lessons - whole class

Focus – Listening, Appraising and Performance 

Maypole - music and movement

Folk music listening and appraising

Cedar

Year 3/4

Focus – Singing and Performance 

Christmas productions 

 

 

Focus – Performance and Instruments

Violin lessons - whole class

 

Focus – Listening, Appraising and Composition

Maypole - music and movement

Folk music listening and appraising

Music and drama performance linked to 2012 Olympics opening ceremony - Industrial revolution

Willow

Year 4/5

 

Focus – Singing Performance

Christmas productions 

Music and slavery - lyrics and meaning (Amazing Grace

 

 

 

Focus - Performance and Instruments

Ukulele lessons - whole class

Focus – Listening, Appraising and Composition

Maypole - music and movement

Folk music listening and appraising

 

Oak

Year 6

Focus – Singing Performance

Christmas productions 

 

Focus - Listening, Appraising and Composition

Music in the Middle Ages – Musical notation, rhythmic modes and Dorian modes. Vale Royal Abbey

Music express unit focusing on composition through exploring local environments.

Focus – Listening,  Appraising, Singing and Performance

Maypole - music and movement

Folk music listening and appraising

End of year performance 

 

 

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