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Music - KS2 - Year 3 - Year 6

Autumn Term 2021 

YEAR 3

Year 3 will use a variety of instruments to start learning how to read music. They will use percussion to create rhythms and glockenspiels to compose melodies, as well as performing pieces by reading the treble clef stave. The students will listen to a range of different ensembles and try to identify the different types, as well as using some new musical terminology.   

In addition, the students will be taking part in “Rock n roll Singing Days” at the Cresset. They will second time preparing and learning the songs for this exciting event.  

YEAR 4

Year 4 will look at different songs in the genre of “soul and Gospel”. They will use more notes on the treble clef, and sing the songs as well as develop performances including instruments. Students will use the songs to compose their own lyrics, as well as develop an understanding of the contexts of the song and music. Through listening work, students will also widen their experience of instruments they can hear, and how they are played.

YEAR 5

This term year 5 will look at “Programme Music”, music that creates a story or image in your mind. They will use a range of instruments to create their own piece to represent an animal, as well as listening to some famous orchestral pieces including “Peter and the Wolf”, “The Planet Suite” and “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”. They will use a variety of instruments to create a group performance of a famous piece, adding their own interpretation.

YEAR 6

This term year 6 will look at “Music and the Sea”. They will look at how the “key” of a piece of music (Major / minor) affects the emotion of the music, and compose their own pieces to represent sea stories. Through the use of singing and keyboards, students will perform some traditional “Sea Shanties”, and will listen to some of these as well as orchestral music that represents the power of the ocean. Students will understand why music was written, and its purpose, as well as social and contextual influences on it at the time.