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Music

For more information on the Music Department please see our school prospectus.

Year 5

Autumn Term

  • Exploring Rhythm and Pulse
    This unit develops pupils' ability to
    performrhythm patterns with a strong
    sense of pulse.
    We also explore different ways of
    notating rhythms, sounds and
    dynamics

    Playing the Ukulele
    This unit gives the introduction into playing
    chord sequences on the ukulele, with a strong
    focus on playing and singing

Spring Term

  • Journey to Space
    This unit develops pupils' ability to extend their sound vocabulary and to compose a soundscape.

    Songwriter - Exploring Lyrics and Melody
    This unit develops pupils' ability to compose songs with an awareness of the relationship between lyrics and melody.

Summer Term

  • Musical Processes
    This unit develops pupils' ability to follow and compose in different time metres and structures, focusing on the elements of music.

    Cats and Mice
    This unit develops and demonstrates pupils ability to take part in a class performance based on different animals.
 

Year 6

Autumn Term

  • Names Melodies
    This unit is a keyboard skill and composition
    based topic which provides pupils with a
    system of composing phrases and putting them
    into a structure.
     
  • Playing the Ukulele
    This unit builds on skills developed in year 5
    with a greater emphasis on chords and melody

Spring Term

  • Exploring Sound Sources
    This unit develops an understanding of musical sequences and is design to encourage an understanding of performing parts from gridscore notation.
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  • African Rhythm and Pulse
    This unit looks at how harmony can be created, both vocally and instrumentally with a focus on a traditional West African song.

Summer Term

  • Cyclic Patterns
    This unit explores the use of ostinato patterns in gamelan, the traditional music of Indonesia.
     
  • Silent Movies
    This unit provides an opportunity to explore the music used to accompany silent movies and to compose their own silent movie soundtrack.
 

Year 7

Autumn Term

  • What makes a good song?
    This unit focuses on learning how popular
    songs have mass appeal across all age ranges
    and in a variety of contexts.
     
  • Playing the Ukulele
    This unit enables for pupils to build up a 
    repertoire of songs, in a range of styles.

Spring Term

  • Latin American Music
    This unit explores how Latin American music blends native Indian, transported African and imported European elements.
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  • British Folk Music
    This unit explores how folk music is an aural tradition in which songs and dances are arranged for different occasions.

Summer Term

  • Rhythms of the Nile
    This unit explores how Egyptian music serves a variety of purposes linked to specific occasions and has been influenced by traditional Arabic and Western music.
     
  • Impressionism
    This unit explores the rules of impressionistic music and how it creates a general impression of an event, place or object.
 

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Reggae
    This unit concentrates on learning how to
    recognise and use characteristics of reggae
    with an understanding of devices,
    conventions and context.
     
  • Playing the Ukulele
    This unit looks further into the ukulele as a 
    diverse solo and accompanying instrument.

Spring Term

  • Jazz
    This unit explores the key characteristics of jazz music and how to compose and perform in that style.
     
  • Night Music
    This unit explores the characteristics and devices used in music inspired by the night.

Summer Term

  • Film Music
    This unit explores how film music can enhance the visual images and dramatic impact of film, and can reflect the emotional messages of the scene.
     
  • Improvisation
    This unit looks at how improvisation is used in Classical Indian, The Blues and Chinese music.