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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

Music

Music at Northmead

 

Music is delivered in class using the Charanga scheme of work, which provides contemporary digital resources and covers a wide range of musical genres and skills.

Year 3 

Autumn 1: Let Your Spirit Fly

This unit covers a range of genres, including: R&B; Musicals; Motown; Soul, and looks at the historical context of musical styles

Autumn 2: Winter Production Songs

Each year group has a song to learn for performance in the winter production as well as the finale song. This year we put on Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

Spring 1: Benjamin Britten, There Was a Monkey

This unit of work is based on songs from the English composer, Benjamin Britten's Friday Afternoons, which formed part of a nationwide singing project.

Spring 2: Recorder Course

Each year group will be learning to play an instrument in class during the course of the year. Year 3 will work on early instrumental skills through learning the recorder.

Summer 1: Three Little Birds 

This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: Three Little Birds. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.

Summer 2: Reflect, Rewind and Replay

To finish the year, children will listen to and appraise Western Classical music as well as looking back at their favourite music from the year.

Year 4 

Autumn 1: Mamma Mia  

All the learning for this unit is focused around one song: Mamma Mia.  Through this the children look at the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.

Autumn 2: Winter Production Songs

Each year group has a song to learn for performance in the winter production as well as the finale song. This year we put on Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

Spring 1: Benjamin Britten, Cuckoo!

This unit of work is based on songs from the English composer, Benjamin Britten's Friday Afternoons, which formed part of a nationwide singing project.

Spring 2: Glockenspiel Course

Each year group will be learning to play an instrument in class during the course of the year.  Year 4 will work on  instrumental skills through learning the glockenspiel.

Summer 1: Lean On Me

This unit covers a range of styles and genres as well as drawing together musical skills of listening and appraising, composing, improvising and performing.

Summer 2: Reflect, Rewind and Replay

To finish the year, children will listen to and appraise Western Classical music as well as looking back at their favourite music from the year.

Year 5 

Each year group will be learning to play an instrument in class during the course of the year.  Year 5 have the fantastic opportunity of learning to play the clarinet.  For their 10 week block, delivered by a teacher from Surrey Arts, the children are loaned a clarinet to use in school and to practise at home. 

For the rest of the year the children in year 5 will cover four of the units listed below.

Autumn 1: Don't Stop Believin' 

This unit covers a range of styles and genres as well as drawing together musical skills of listening and appraising, composing, improvising and performing.

Autumn 2: Winter Production Songs

Each year group has a song to learn for performance in the winter production as well as the finale song. This year we put on Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

Spring 1: Benjamin Britten, Tragic Story!

This unit of work is based on songs from the English composer, Benjamin Britten's Friday Afternoons, which formed part of a nationwide singing project.

Spring 2: Stop!

All the learning for this unit is focused around one song: Stop! -.  Through this the children look at the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.

Summer 1: Lean On Me

This unit covers a range of styles and genres as well as drawing together musical skills of listening and appraising, composing, improvising and performing.

Summer 2: Reflect, Rewind and Replay

To finish the year, children will listen to and appraise Western Classical music as well as looking back at their favourite music from the year.

Year 6 

Autumn 1: Livin' on a Prayer

All the learning for this unit is focused around one song: Livin' on a Prayer.  Through this the children look at the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.

Autumn 2: Winter Production Songs

Each year group has a song to learn for performance in the winter production as well as the finale song. This year we put on Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

Summer 1: Fresh Prince of Bel Air

All the learning for this unit is focused around one song: Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  Through this the children look at the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked. In addition, it draws together musical skills of listening and appraising, composing, improvising and performing.

Summer 2: Reflect, Rewind and Replay

To finish the year, children will listen to and appraise Western Classical music as well as looking back at their favourite music from the year.

Arts and Craft Carousel

In addition to class based music, music is being covered in the Arts and Craft Carousel.  

Ukulele Course: Each year group will be learning to play an instrument during the course of the year.  Year 6 will work on  instrumental skills through learning the ukulele.

Extra-curricular opportunities 

There are several clubs and opportunities available for those who are interested. 

We currently have:

  • Year 3 & 4 Singing Club
  • Year 5 & 6 Singing Club
  • Boys Choir
  • Recorder Clubs
  • Orchestra
  • Peripatetic music lessons - 

    If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument, or you have any questions about what is available, please feel free to contact the school office. We have several instruments owned by the school (particularly brass and string instruments) which are currently not in use. 

    If you are interested in learning to play the flute or piano, Mrs Smith has some slots available, please contact the school for more information.

    If your child is interested in learning drums or guitar (individually or within a small group), follow the Rock & Pop Foundation links below to apply for music lessons.

    If your child is interested in learning another instrument or singing lessons (individually or within a small group), Follow the Surrey Arts Music Lessons link below for further details and to apply for lessons online.

And during the course of the year we participate in Young Voices at the O2 Arena and in the Guildford Primary Schools Music Festival at G Live.

 

Useful website links

Rock and Pop Foundation

                                 The Rock & Pop Foundation Music Lessons                           

 

Surrey Arts

 Surrey Arts Music Lessons       

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