The Grove Junior School
Dark Lane
Tel:01582 760031
October 26 2018

Music Curriculum

Giuseppe Loporchio

Music News!

Black History Month
As part of Black History Month,  the whole school have been learning about the music of Billy Taylor, an inspirational composer, who alongside the lyricist Dick Dallas wrote the song ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.’
The song was one of the most iconic songs of America in the 1960s and it became the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. You can follow the link and enjoy Billy and his band performing the instrumental version.

Music Curriculum

The main aim of music at our school is to engage and excite pupils in this subject. Music activities are practical and varied and should build self confidence as well as develop self esteem for all of our pupils.

We create opportunities for children to begin to understand  how music has changed throughout history, to recognise its cultural value across the world and to appreciate its place in society today.

Music lessons enable children to enjoy the three fundamental strands of musical experience:

  • Performing music
  • Composing music
  • Listening to responding to music

Musical activities link directly to the topics studied in class, and within each year group, skills and concepts develop and progress in line with National Curriculum directives.

Alongside curriculum music, we have a full and varied extra-curricular programme of musical activities for children to enjoy, including a Choir, a beginner and an advanced Orchestra, Recorder Groups, Music Technology Club, a Ukulele Group and a Samba Band. We  also have a thriving Peripatetic Music Service run by Katie Metcalfe, offering children the opportunity to learn to play a wide selection of instruments.

Autumn Term:

Year 3 – Stones and Bones/ The Iron Man

Music has been part of life since the first human beings walked the earth – but what was it like?

We will discover the importance of music for the earliest human civilizations and create musical soundscapes to represent this. We will also compose a backing track for sections of the book being studied in class – ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.

For listening activities, we will look at the main features of medieval music and compare it with the music we might listen to today.

Year 4 – The Egyptians

What part did music play in the life of the Egyptians?

What musical instruments were available?

What does authentic Egyptian music sound like?

How can we create Egyptian sounding melodies?

These are just some of the questions we will be answering as we delve in to the past!

Year 5 – The Vikings

‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ by Richard Wagner is just one of the exciting pieces of music we will be studying as we picture the Viking Valkyries carrying fallen heroes to Valhalla.

We will also create our own exciting, dramatic, mysterious Valkyrie/Valhalla music, within the musical structure known as Ternary form.

Year 6 – The Rainforest

This term we will create music inspired by ‘Rainforest Dream’ written by the Japanese composer Johi Hirota. We will study how layering sounds can provide an atmospheric backdrop for a documentary about a Rainforest. The children will write their own script which will then be performed with their music in the background. All of the musical elements will be developed through this project, but in particular we will explore the importance of ‘timbre’ (the quality of the different sounds) and ‘duration’ (combining long drone type sounds as a background, with shorter more sporadic sounds in the foreground, mimicking the rainforest creatures). We will also be creating graphic scores as a means of recording our music.