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what we are learning this term

Spring 1:

Throughout this half-term of learning,  pupils will be exposed to different songs in different styles. By exposing pupils to different genres, it will help inspire them to compose their own songs in their own style.  At the heart of each of their lessons, there will be singing and listening. Throughout this process, they will be answering their own social question on the impact music has on the world.

Year 3:

In this unit, children will listen to three songs from three different genres: Your Imagination in the style of Pop, You're a Shining Star in the style of Pop: Ballad and Music Makes The World Go Round in the style of Musicals.  Children will be using their imagination when creating their own compositions. They will imagine what they can see when they close their eyes, if they can write a melody or find sounds that represent the story they want. Children will be playing,  improvising and composing using a selection of notes: C, D, E, F, F♯, G, G♯,  A and B. As the unit progresses, children will be answering their social question of 'How does music make the world a better place?'

Year 4:

In this unit, children will listen to three different songs from three different genres: Bringing Us Together in the style of Disco, Old Joe Clark in the style of Folk and Dance With Me in the style of 20th and 21st Century Orchestral. Pupils will be composing music together with their friends, focusing on melodies and will have to utilise their skills of listening, singing, and playing instruments to explore the 'tonic pitch' or 'home note' which makes a melody or song sound final. Children will be playing,  improvising and composing using a selection of notes: C, D, E, F, F♯, G, A, B♭ and B. As the unit progresses, children will be answering their social question of 'How does music improve our world?'

Year 5:

In this unit, children will listen to three different songs from two different genres: Freedom is Coming in the style of South African Pop, All Over Again and Do You Ever Wonder? in the style of 20th and 21st Century Orchestral. Children will learn if we play three or more pitches together, we can create chords in music and how they provide the basis for accompaniment in music. Children will be using chords in their compositions to create music that is interesting. Children will be playing,  improvising and composing using a selection of notes: C, D, E♭, E, F, F♯, G, A♭, A, B♭ and B. As the unit progresses, children will be answering their social question of 'How does music improve our world?'

Year 6:

In this unit, children will listen to three different songs from two different genres: Disco Fever in the style of Disco, La Bamba in the style of Rock 'n' Roll and Change in the style of Pop.  Children will be using chords in their composition to create music that is more harmonically interesting and will create an accompaniment for a melody using chords. Children will be playing,  improvising and composing using a selection of notes: C, C♯, D, E, F, F♯, G, A, B♭ and B. As the unit progresses, children will be answering their social question of 'How does music improve our world?'