William De Yaxley
Toto Corde Meo
'With All Our Hearts'
William de Yaxley C of E Academy
Landsdowne Road, Yaxley, Peterborough, PE7 3JL
01733 240323

Music

At William De Yaxley, we believe that music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in personal development. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

 

To check out the national curriculum for key stage 1 and key stage 2 music lessons, click here.

Music curriculum coverage:

 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn

Through song the children will:

Learn to perform with a group by following directions. 

 

Listen to and respect other people’s opinions on their performance.

 

The children will:

Use basic music symbols. 

 

Use technology to compose rhythmic ostinatos, explaining their ideas. 

 

Learn traditional Mexican songs.

The children  will:

Use technology to compose two part melodies in groups, explaining their ideas.

 

Record their composition on a musical stave.

The children will:

learn about composers from the classical period.

 

 Identify classical music by its key components.

 

Spring

The children will:

Learn about pentatonic scales and ostinatos.

 

Research   percussion composers and musicians.

 

Compose percussion music using a graphic score.

The children will:

Research composers of Baroque music. 

 

Identify Baroque music by its key components.

 

Express a musical opinion.

The children will:

Research composers from the Romantic era of music.

 

Identify music from the Romantic Era by its key components.

 

The children will:

Use technology to compose two part melodies in groups explaining their ideas.

 

Record their composition on a musical stave.

Summer

The children will:

Learn to play the recorder on their own and as part of a group. 

 

The children will:

Learn to read musical notation when playing the recorder.

The children will:

Learn how to play the keyboard with control and rhythmic accuracy. 

The children will:

Learn how to play the keyboard as part of a group.

 

Year 6

In the Autumn term, the Year 6 children will learn about great German composers as a link to their topic on The Battle of Britain.  They will research Mozart and Beethoven, learning about classical music along the way. As a result of this, they will be able to identify classical music by its key components.  The children will learn to understand and articulate how different musical elements communicate moods and effects. They will also be able to express an opinion on the music that they listen to by using musical vocabulary to support their opinions.  

In the Spring term, they will extend their knowledge of how to use technology to compose by using Sonic Pi to compose structured music with different parts; include simple rhythmic and melodic patterns explaining their ideas.  They will do this by, working co-operatively in groups to compose and improve their piece of music.   The children will also use their knowledge of musical notation to record this composition on a musical stave.

Finally, in the Summer term, the children will learn how to play the keyboard.  They will learn to play with control and rhythmic accuracy.  Through playing as part of a group, they will develop the ability to show an awareness of other musicians by playing in unison with them. 

Year 5

During the Autumn term, the children in year 5 will extend their knowledge of using technology to compose structured music with different parts to include simple rhythmic and melodic patterns explaining their ideas.  They will do this by working co-operatively in groups to compose and improve this music.   The children will also use their knowledge of musical notation gained in Year 4 to record this composition on a musical stave.

In the Spring term, the children will learn about great Scandinavian composers as a link to their topic on Scandinavia.  They will research Greig and Sibelius, learning about the Romantic era of music along the way. As a result of this, they will be able to identify music from the Romantic Era by its key components.  The children will learn to understand and articulate how different musical elements communicate moods and effects. Furthermore, they will be able to express an opinion on the music that they listen to by using musical vocabulary to support their opinions.   In addition to this, the children will learn to sing in tune using a consistent tone and combine the skills of diction, pitch and phrase to sing songs in unison as part of their Easter Production.

Finally, in the Summer term, the children will learn how to play the keyboard.  They will learn to play with control and rhythmic accuracy.  Through playing as part of a group, they will develop the ability to show an awareness of other musicians by playing in unison with them. 

 Year 4

 During the Autumn term, the children in year 4 will extend their knowledge of graphic scores to include basic music symbols.  They will also further their composition ability to include the use of technology, such as Garage Band.  They will compose simple pieces of music with rhythmic ostinato, using this technology to create simple rhythmic patterns, explaining their ideas.  As part of their Mexican topic, the children will also learn to sing some traditional Mexican songs.

In the Spring term, they will learn about great Italian composers as a link to their topic on Romans.  They will research Monteverdi and Vivaldi learning about Baroque music along the way.  As a result of this, they will be able to identify Baroque music by its key components.  They will also be able to express an opinion on the music that they listen to by using musical vocabulary to support their opinions.

Finally, in the Summer term, they will learn to play the recorder and to read musical notation.  They will progress through learning natural notes from low C to middle C along with sharp and flat notes.  They will use this knowledge to play melodies.  Each child will be given a recorder to practise with at home to help their progression. 

Year 3

During the Autumn term, the children in Year 3 will rehearse and sing songs for their Nativity performance.  They will learn to perform with a group by following directions.  They will also listen to and respect other people’s opinions on their performance, as well as give suggestions on how others could improve their performance.

In the Spring term, the children will learn about pentatonic scales and ostinatos.  In addition to this, the children will research a percussion composer, Ney Rosauro, and a famous percussion musician, Evelynn Glennie.  They will use this learning to compose a piece of music using percussion instruments and will record this using a graphic score. 

Finally, in the Summer term, they will learn to play the recorder.  They will progress through learning natural notes from low C to middle C and use this knowledge to play melodies.  Each child will be given a recorder to practise with at home to help their progression.

Extra-curricular activities

We have a school choir, with members from all Year groups, who meet on Monday lunchtime and perform at the annual A1 Music Festival with our partnership schools at The Cresset in Peterborough.  We also perform at the Christmas fete and summer fete.

At the end of the school year, we host a Performing Arts evening, which allows the children who have: learnt to play musical instruments throughout the year; have participated in an after school performing arts club and the school choir, to demonstrate and receive recognition for all their hard work.

Singing

Our singing assembly takes place every Tuesday.  The children are taught to sing a mixture of classic hymns, modern hymns and popular songs, focusing on rhythm, pitch and tuning.   

The children have the opportunity throughout the year to perform topic based songs in year group assemblies. There are also opportunities to sing within productions: Year 4, within their Harvest production: Year 3, within their nativity production; Year 5, within their Easter production and Year 6, within their leavers’ assembly.

Instrument tuition

At William De Yaxley, the children are taught how to play the recorder within year 3 and 4 and throughout years 5 and 6, the children are taught how to play the keyboard. There is also the opportunity for the children to learn through peripatetic music lessons, the following instruments: keyboards, drums, guitar, flute, clarinet and trumpet.

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