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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

Music

Music at Northmead

Miss Ramsay is the subject leader for Music

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. We have many exciting opportunities for children at Northmead from participating in the largest school choir in the world to learning the recorder or drums from one of our many peripatetic teachers.

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 and Christmas Carols

Each year group has a song to learn for performance in the winter production as well as the finale song. 

Spring 1: Three Little Birds

This unit of work is based on songs from the Reggae genre. Children focus on instrument identification, composition and innovation. 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.

Spring 2: Dragon Song

This unit helps children develop their understanding of music from around the world and singing in two parts.

During Spring Term - Recorders

Each class will learn the basics of how to play the recorder including reading basic notation, dynamics and gain an understanding of pitch. If your child would like to purchase a recorder to use, they would be very welcome however we do have several in school for them to borrow.

 

Summer 1: Bringing us together

A study of disco music with a heavy focus on performing and doing so with confidence.

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 and Christmas Carols

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: Roman Songs

This unit of work is focused around the History topic of the Romans. Each class will enjoy learning a range of Roman inspired songs comparing to modern music.

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: Blackbird

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 and Christmas Carols

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 or 2: Dancing in the Street!

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

Spring 1 or 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 and Christmas Carols

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: 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 1: Make you feel my love.

A unit with a heavy focus on performing and developing a love of learning a song as a whole year group.

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:

  • September to January - Young Voices Singing Club
  • December to March - G Live Choir
  • 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 recorder, piano or learn to sing Mrs Cole may have 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.

 

Useful website links

Rock and Pop Foundation

                                 The Rock & Pop Foundation Music Lessons                           

 

Surrey Arts

 Surrey Arts Music Lessons       

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