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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Music

    All children participate in weekly singing assemblies and are encouraged to celebrate their abilities by performing in reward assemblies. The achievements the children make throughout the year are celebrated in termly assemblies for occasions such as Harvest and Christmas.

    Throughout the year KS2 children are taught how to read and write music and then apply this skill to composing their own seasonal pieces. Group work is a key part of music lessons; with children often working together to create vocal and instrumental performances. The history of music is an on-going topic; each year group focuses on a different era and the composers that feature within that period. 

    Autumn

    This term the children have been learning all about the elements of music; Dynamics, Pitch, Texture and Tempo. Together we have listened to a wide selection of musical styles and discussed in great detail what creates a ‘Good’ piece of music. The children are now becoming more confident when using correct musical vocabulary related to each element. Along the way we have also been working hard to learn and polish our songs for Harvest Festival and also taken a slight detour into the world of Spooky music for Halloween.

    Christmas

    This term each year group will be learning a variety of Christmas songs, popular and classical styles will be used and the children will have the opportunity to discuss their musical preferences and consider what makes a song ‘A Classic’.  Alongside this the children will apply their new musical vocabulary and consider the musical elements within each song, in the hope that this will enable them to create their own Christmassy songs later in the term. Our listening journey continues and we will be focussing on Winter-themed music, looking at composers such as Vivaldi and Phillip Glass.

    Spring

    Year Three

    Year 3 are going to start this term by learning to play a series of call and response rhythms on the Djembe drum. This will not only develop their listening skills but will introduce them to a range of drumming techniques. They will also have the opportunity to explore how important music, and in particular drumming, is in African culture. From here we will move on to composing and singing our own songs about the Stone Age and cave men!

    Year Four

    Year 4 are going to start this term by learning all about the Ocarina, they will learn all about the correct playing technique needed to produce a pleasant sound. From here they will have the opportunity to play a variety of well-known pieces as duets, solos and as a whole class ensemble. Throughout the term the children will be creating a listening log, discovering new and old composers and different genres of music and learning how to appraise music using more technical vocabulary.

    Year Five

    Year 5 are going to start this term by revisiting the Ocarina and building on their accomplishments from the previous year; regularly performing in front of one another to improve their technique. In order to improve the children will be relying less on pictures and more on written musical notes; which they will revise and apply on a regular basis. Throughout the term the children will also be adding to their listening logs and hopefully contributing their own ideas to our composer charts.

    Year Six

    Year 6 are going to start this term by listening to and discussing music that was written and used during the second world war, from here they will be learning to sing a selection of these songs; attempting to replicate the styles of singing shown by the likes of Vera Lynn and George Formby. The children will then move into a new topic of Musical Theatre, all the way from the Golden Era through to modern day compositions, the children will have the opportunity to watch and later perform a selection of well-known and lesser known songs. 

    Summer

    Year 3

    This Term Year 3 will be learning the songs linked to their topic. They will be encouraged to sing as part of a large ensemble, small groups, and even as individuals. The children will be adding to their listening logs with a variety of well and lesser known classical composers and pieces and describing how musical elements play a part in each. We will also be continuing our work on musical notation and playing a series of games to encourage the children to recall the notes by name and appearance whilst also practising writing the notes and completing a short composition exercise.

    Year 4

    This term Year 4 will be completing a research project; they will be learning about the history of music - specifically the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century time periods. The children will be creating timelines and discovering what made each time period unique. They will also have the chance to find out about some of the significant composers of each era and create their own fact files on a composer of their choice. Their listening logs will develop as we look at popular music this term; with recordings from The Beatles all the way through to more modern artists. Year 4 will finish the year by composing their own songs all about Summer- they will be working in groups and will be encouraged to draw on the listening they have done throughout the year to inspire and help them.

    Year 5

    This term Year 5 will be completing a research project; they will be learning about the history of music – looking all the way back to the Antiquity period through till the 20th Century. The children will discover how the sound of music has changed through each time period and about the creation of the Orchestra, Film and TV music and Opera. They will also have the chance to find out about some of the significant composers of each era and will listen to a wide variety of live recordings. Their listening logs will develop as we look at popular music this term; with recordings from Elvis Presley all the way through to more modern artists. Year 5 will finish the year by revisiting the musical elements and demonstrating their awareness of how these elements can be used effectively by composing their own seasonal pieces.

    Year 6

    This term Year 6 will begin preparing their final songs for the Leavers Assembly. The children will begin by listening to several different artists and commenting on what makes a good song. We will also discuss what their objectives are for the performance and which emotions they wish to evoke. The children will then have the opportunity to work in groups to create a list of songs that they feel would be fitting for this occasion. We will spend several weeks learning and perfecting our performance.

    Singing Assembly

    Christmas is nearly here! The children have been working hard (as usual) to learn a selection of Christmas Classics. Please encourage your children to sing these songs to you at home- I’m sure you will be impressed!

    I ho ho hope it’s Santa Claus

    I’m a little Christmas Cracker

    When Christmas Comes to town