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At St Michael’s, Music is taught ensuring both skills and knowledge are developed.  We encourage the children’s interest in a wide range of musical genres, styles and traditions; we also teach the children in Key Stage 2 how to play a tuned instrument – this has been done by our own staff and staff from the Inspire Music Hub.

 

We believe that music can embody one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. (Adapted from the National Curriculum)

Our Music Objectives

 

 

Year 1 and 2 Music

Singing

1

Can sing with an increasing understanding of expression (loud, soft, high and low).

2

Can sing in simple parts e.g. chants and rounds.

Performing

3

Can clap or play back simple rhythms (4 or 8 beats).

4

Can perform to an audience with increasing levels of confidence.

Composition

5

Can create own rhythmic patterns.

6

Can create short, memorable melodies using symbols (up to 3 notes).

7

Can create and repeat a simple melody on a tuned and untuned instrument.

Notation

8

Can use and recognise different informal symbols to show knowledge of pitch.

Listening and Appraising

9

Can describe how a range of music makes them feel.

10

Can describe the pitch, tempo and dynamics in live and recorded music.

11

Can evaluate and comment on own work. “It would be even better if…”

12

Can identify repeating elements of known songs.

 

 

Year 3 and 4 Music

Singing

1

Can sing in tune throughout a song.

2

Can sing in two parts (building on a round into a simple harmony).

Performing

3

Can sing to an audience with confidence, control and expression.

4

Can play to an audience a tuned or untuned instrument with good fluency and control.

Composition

5

Can compose a short piece of structured music (e.g. equal bar lengths) with up to 3 notes.

6

Can use dynamics in their composition (loud and soft).

Notation

7

Can use, write and recognise up to 5 notes on the stave notation (the ‘C’ pentatonic scale).

Listening and Appraising

8

Can recognise the basic elements of music, in addition to pitch, dynamics and tempo.

9

Can recognise the structure of a piece of music (e.g. verse, chorus, verse, chorus).

10

Can comment on similarities and differences in live and recorded pieces of music (including the BBC ten pieces).

 

 

Year 5 and 6 Music

Singing

1

Can sing in harmony and descant parts.

2

Can sing with clear diction when performing songs.

Performing

3

Can show a good awareness of the intended audience (e.g. knowing that a fanfare needs to draw the audience to attention in contrast to a sound scape representing a countryside haven).

4

Can begin to conduct an ensemble performance directing changes in the tempo and the dynamics accordingly.

Composition

5

Can compose more complex pieces (using a range of different rhythms) and exploring harmony with the pentatonic scale.

6

Can apply an understanding of all musical elements (pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, structure and texture).

7

Can compose music with more than one part (e.g. base part and tune).

Notation

8

Can record extended melody lines on stave notation, recognising up to 8 notes.

Listening and Appraising

9

Can recognise different genres of music.

10

Can describe and evaluate different genres of music using good musical vocabulary.

11

Can begin to recall a range of composers, linking some to the correct musical era.

12

Can identify and describe different genres of music through history.

 

Whole School Singing

Before the guidance for COVID-19, in Worship, we sing daily and most week had a whole school singing worship where all children are able to experience singing teaching for 20 minutes, from tradition hymns to current music. We also had singing extra-curriculum activities, which the children can choose to be involved in (Little Singers in Key Stage 1 and Choir in Key Stage 2). We hope we can return to singing together soon.

Instrument Lessons

As a school, we have two peripatetic music teachers who visit for teaching the violin and guitar, which children in Key Stage 2 are able to opt to do.


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