Our Music Curriculum

Our school Music curriculum was developed prior to the new National Curriculum being launched in 2014 by staff in consultation with the Local Music Authority (now the local Music Hub – Severn Arts), The Chantry School at Martley, (the local high school that the majority of our year 6 pupils attend after leaving here) and a retired University professor of Music Education from Birmingham University. This curriculum formed a two year rolling programme of study due to the school’s split year group classes and has been used with minor alterations since the academic year 2014-2015.

This curriculum, and the school’s passion for music teaching, has been rewarded with the Music Mark for the years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

The Music curriculum that is included within this policy has been revised in April 2020 for use in the school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. At its heart are the same key elements that were present within the original curriculum (designed in 2014) but it now reflects the greater range of resources available within school and online. It continues our strong focus of instrumental teaching and singing but this now appears alongside specific piece / genre studies which are taken from a range of styles both popular and classical and from different stages of musical history. Teaching of the Key Musical Elements is embedded throughout. There is also an increase of focus on music technology due to major developments in this area since 2014. This again uses a two year rolling programme.

The new scheme uses units from music schemes including Music Express, Charanga, BBC Ten Pieces and Sing Up.

Children's musical learning at Grimley and Holt

Children have weekly Music lessons that follow the curriculum overview plan outlined below, with the major focus on completing the skills progressions outlined in this policy. This is in line with the whole school approach. Music will also be used within other subjects and where possible included within one Mantle of the Expert topic for each class, each year.

Whole School Curriculum Overview Plan for 2020-2021 (Year A) and 2021-2022 (Year B)

Codes to the overview plan below link with our musical skills progression as follows: P = performing – including instrumental skills and singing; IC = Improvising and composing  LR = Listening and reviewing. The number in brackets refers to the number of weeks allocated for that part of the curriculum.

Year A 2020-2021

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

1st Half Term

2nd Half Term

1st Half Term

2nd Half Term

1st Half Term

2nd Half Term

Reception

Singing nursery Rhymes

 

Me (Charanga unit)

(P / LR) (6)

Un-tuned Percussion

(P)

(3)

 

Un-tuned Percussion

(P / IC)

(6)

Singing Action Songs

 

My Stories (Charanga Unit)

(P / LR)

(6)

Tuned percussion

(P / IC)  (6)

Popular Music Study (Funk)

 

Big Bear Funk (Charanga Unit)

(LR / P / IC) (6)

Nativity practice (P) (3)

Year 1 / 2

Sounds around us and Body percussion

(Music Express)

(P / IC)  (3)

Classical Music Study – 20th Cent

 

Adams Short ride in fast machine (BBC 10 pieces 1) (LR / IC)  (3)

Singing games and songs (P)  

(3)

 

 

Instrument teaching

 

Ocarnia

(P / IC) (6)

Popular Music Study – Hip Hop

 

Hey You – (Charanga unit) (P / LR / IC)  (6)

Beat-boxing rhythms (P) (2)

 

 

Inter-related elements

& Instrument introduction

(LR) (3)

Nativity practice (P) (3)

 

Classical music study – Baroque

 

Vivaldi – Four Seasons

(LR / IC) (3)

Classical Music Study –  Romantic

 

Saint- Saens -Carnival of the animals

(IC / LR) (4)

Year 3 / 4

Popular Music Study – 80’s Pop

 

ABBA -Mama Mia (Charanga unit)

(P / LR / IC) (6)

Instrument Teaching

 

Recorder

(P) (6)

Classical Music Study – Classical

 

Mozart’s Horn Concerto 4th mvt – Rondo

(BBC 10 pieces 1)

(LR / IC) (3)

Singing Rounds and songs from around the world

 

(P) (3)

 

 

Rhythm Work

 

Charanga – rhythm grids

 

(P / IC) (3)

 

 

Music technology

 

(Garage Band)

(IC) (3)

 

 

Instrument Teaching

Recorder

(P)

(3)

 

 

Popular music study –

Music from WW2

 

The role music played in the war years.

(LR / P)(3)

 

 

School Play

 

(P / LR)

(3)

Classical Music Study – Romantic

 

Greig –  Hall of the Mountain King (BBC 10 Pieces 1)

(LR / IC) (3)

 

 

Year 5 /6

Singing

 

Young Voices preparation

 

(P / LR)  (12)

Instrument teaching

 

Keyboard

 

(P /IC / LR)

(6)

Classical Music Study – 20th Cent

 

Reich – Clapping Music 

(P / LR / IC )

(3)

Musicals Study and Song Writing

 

(P / LR / IC)

(3)

 

 

 

Music Technology

 

(Garageband / bandlab)

 (IC) (6)

Classical Music Study – Baroque

 

Purcell -Abdelazer – Rondeu (BBC 10 pieces 3) (LR / IC) (3)

School Play

 

(P / LR / IC )

(3)

 

Year B

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

1st Half Term

2nd Half Term

1st Half Term

2nd Half Term

1st Half Term

2nd Half Term

Reception

Singing nursery Rhymes

 

Me (Charanga unit)

(P / LR) (6)

Un-tuned Percussion

(P)

(3)

 

Un-tuned Percussion

(P / IC)

(6)

Singing Action Songs

 

My Stories (Charanga Unit)

(P / LR)

(6)

Tuned percussion

(P / IC)  (6)

Popular Music Study (Funk)

 

Big Bear Funk (Charanga Unit)

(LR / P / IC) (6)

Nativity practice (P) (3)

Year 1 / 2

Instrument teaching

 

Tuned Percussion

(P / IC) (6)

Inter-related elements

& Instrument introduction

 

(LR)

 (3)

Singing games and songs (P)  

(3)

 

 

Instrument teaching

 

Ocarnia

(P / IC) (6)

Classical music study – Classical

 

Beethoven  5th Symphony

(BBC 10 pieces 1)

 (LR / IC) (3)

World Music StudySouth African music

 

Hands Feet Heart (Charanga unit)

(LR / P)  (6)

 

Nativity practice (P) (3)

 

Music Technology

 

Voice changing software – basic layering

(Voice Plus/ GarageBand)

(P / IC / LR) (3)

Music and Storytelling

 

Using Prokifiev -Peter and the wolf

(IC) (3)

Year 3 / 4

Popular Music StudyReggae

 

3 Little Birds (Charnaga unit)

(P / LR / IC)  (6)

Instrument Teaching

 

Recorder

(P) (6)

Classical music study –  Romantic 

 

Dvorak – Largo from New World

(BBC 10 Pieces 3)

 (LR / IC) (3)

 

Instrument Teaching

 

Djembe Drums

(P / IC)

(3)

 

 

Classical music study – 20th Cent

 

Copland – Rodeo Hoedown (BBC Ten Pieces 3) (LR / IC) (3)

 

Orchestra family study

 

using

Britten -Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (LR) (3)

Instrument Teaching – Recorder

 (P)

(3)

Film Music Study -20th Cent

 

 – Music of John Williams (LR / IC) (3)

 

School Play

 

(P / LR)

(3)

Local Musician study

 

The Music of Edward Elgar

(LR / IC) (3)

Year 5 /6

History of music study

 

The Developments of classical and popular music

 

(LR / IC)

(10)

 

 

Instrument teaching

 

Keyboard

 

(P /IC / LR)  (6)

Popular Music Study – Rock

 

Livin’ on a Prayer

(Charanga)

 

(P / LR / IC) (6)

World Music Study

 

Music from around the world 

(LR) (3)

 

 

 

Music Technology

 

(Garageband / bandlab)

 (IC) (6)

Christmas Carol Study (folk based

 

(LR / IC) (2)

School Play

 

(P / LR / IC ) (3)

 

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