Music 2017-18

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. 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. At Coates 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. We seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.

Year 5

Pupils learn the basic skills of singing and develop these through a wide-ranging repertory of songs. They identify classroom percussion instruments and accompany singing using simple rhythms and melodies. Creative work is centred around short stories, poems, school outings and exploration of all the musical elements All compositions are recorded and notated in a variety of forms and are assessed by both children and staff. The pupils listen to and discuss a selection of live and recorded music. Particular reference is made to sound effects in story telling and the animal world portrayed in music. All pupils have the opportunity to use Computing as part of their studies.

Year 6 

Pupils continue to build upon the performance techniques experienced in Year 5. Northumbrian folksongs and music from around the world is studied in more detail. Playing on classroom percussion, as well as orchestral instruments taught in school, is extended to two-part harmony and more complex rhythmic patterns Compositions including ‘Travelling at Christmas’, ‘Making Pancakes’ and ‘Invitations’ are planned, notated, recorded and assessed by both pupils and staff. Performance skills are developed through West Indian Calypso and popular 20th and 21st century music. Pupils learn to identify the four main families of instruments in an orchestra. All pupils have the opportunity to use Computing as part of their studies.

Year 7

Pupils have the opportunity to perform individually and in groups. They work towards class performances which include more complex accompaniments to songs, arrangements of well-known music and performances of their own compositions. Keyboard playing is developed through the use of melodies and simple chords. Graphic scores are studied in more detail and developed through group work compositions Pupils are encouraged to listen to music critically, and extract as much information from it as possible. Areas covered include 16th century Music, Indian Music with particular reference to the Bollywood Film Industry, and 20th century American Music. All pupils have the opportunity to use Computing as part of their studies.

Year 8

All pupils are expected to read and perform a variety of music requiring a wide range of techniques. They participate in classroom performances of instrumental arrangements, interpreting signs, symbols and musical instructions. Pupils rehearse music they have composed and are expected to refine their works to produce complete compositions. Creative work will centre around ‘Melody Writing’ and ‘Packing a Picnic’. Pupils begin to develop musical perception and attention to detail in their listening. They learn to recognise more complex musical elements taken from a wide range of styles. Time is spent comparing 19th, 20th and 21st century music, incorporating a detailed research project on ‘The World of Opera’. All pupils have the opportunity to use Computing as part of their studies.

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