‘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) on  sendco@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk
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, 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

Driver – Land and Sea

Focus – Performance, Listening and applying

 

Music express - Water

Driver – Fairy tales

Focus - Appraising

 

Music and movement – moving to musical beats and rhythms and exploring how music can tell a story.

 

Music express year 1 ‘Exploring pulse and rhythm.’

 

Driver – Toys

Focus - Composing

 

Music express units to explore pitch

Elm
Year 2 

Driver – London

Focus – Performance, Listening and Applying

 

Singing in a round - London’s Burning

Music express unit exploring duration including call and response

Driver – Africa

Focus - Appraising

 

African Drumming

Music express units to explore pulse and rhythm and instruments and symbols.

 

Continents song

Driver – Seaside

Focus - Composing

 

Music express units to explore timbre, tempo, dynamics – weather link

 

Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture   

Beech
Year 3

Driver – Stone Age to Iron Age

Focus – Performing

 

Earliest instruments (Flute), early beginnings of music.

 

Mini topic driver - Folk Music (Maypole)

Focus – Listening and Applying

Driver – Egyptians

Focus - Composition

 

Music express unit, exploring pitch through a focus on water.

 

Egyptian chants, ceremonial compositions and simple notation

Traditional and Modern Egyptian Music.

Driver - South America

Focus – Performance, Appraising

 

South American Samba music – tuned and un tuned percussion

 

 

 



 

Cedar

Year 4

Driver - Industrial Revolution

Focus – Performance, Listening and Applying

 

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

Driver – Romans

Focus - Appraising

 

Roman chants, call and response and drama and movement – Romans

Music express unit exploring arrangements

 

Driver - Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Focus – Composition

 

Recap of ongoing musical performance skills and musical terminology - The Viking and Anglo-Saxon

Willow

Year 5

Driver - Slavery

Focus – Performance

 

Music and slavery - lyrics and meaning

 

Calypso music – Music express unit exploring rounds

 

Driver - Greeks

Focus – Composition, Appraising

 

Heroes of Troy – Focus on ongoing skills such as dynamics, pitch, pulse and rhythm and performance skills.

Music express unit exploring structure

Driver - The Tudors

Focus – Listening and Applying

 

Work of famous composers from the period

 

 

Oak

Year 6

Driver - Ancient Civilisations

Focus – Performance and Composition

 

Maya, Benin, Shang

 

Music express unit exploring composition through computing

 

Driver - Vale Royal Abbey

Focus - Appraising

 

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.

Driver - WW2 conflict

Focus- Listening and Applying

 

Music performance, listening and appraisal skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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