Bushy Hill Junior School

Music

Music is key in our children’s education and we strive for children to leave Bushy with an appreciation of Music, whether that be as an audience member, performer or musician. We believe that by enhancing  skills in creative and performing arts we develop a child's individuality and self-confidence. All children have opportunities to experience and perform in regular singing assemblies and as part of theatrical performances. They will also develop a broader understanding of music in the real world as well as aspects of theory, reading sheet music and playing a variety of musical instruments. All children have opportunities to perform for the whole school and wider audiences in our school productions, events and  a range of music festivals. We also have a variety of   professional musicians, who provide specialist music lessons that develop and encourage the children’s aspirations. Music is taught through a spiral curriculum which encompasses the music skills of composing, listening, appraising and performing incorporating the inter related dimensions of music. 

The inter related dimensions of music refers to the building blocks of music and include the exploration and analysis of:

  • Pulse (duration) - a steady beat 
  • Rhythm (duration) - long and short sounds over a steady beat 
  • Pitch - high and low sounds 
  • Tempo - fast and slow 
  • Dynamics - loud and quiet 
  • Timbre - the character of a sound 
  • Texture - layers of sound, how thick or thin music is 
  • Structure - how the sections of a song or piece of music are ordered

Our aim is to awaken the musician within, to inspire children to enjoy music for what it is and to be able to appreciate it to build a better understanding of the world around them.

On leaving Bushy Hill a successful learner of  this subject will:

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing a range of different musical instruments, with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression;
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music; 
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory;
  • develop an understanding of the staff and other musical notations;
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians;
  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

 

Progression of Skills Document

 

 

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
3

Skill: Learning to appraise, sing, compose a ballad. Learn and develop key vocabulary. 

Theme: Ballads

Skill: Developing singing technique

Theme: The Vikings

Skill: To understand and create a jazz motif using a tuned instrument.

Theme: Jazz

Skill: Creating compositions in response to an animation

Theme: Mountains

Skill: Pentatonic melodies and composition

Theme: Chinese New Year

Skill: Improvisation with traditional instruments

Theme: India

4

Skill: Body and tuned percussion

Theme: Rainforests

Skill: Changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics

Theme: Rivers

Skill: Samba drumming

Theme:  Samba and Carnival

Skill: Sing and perform a 'Rock and Roll' song

Theme: Rock and Roll

Skill: Haiku, music and performance

Theme: Hanami

Skill: Adapting and transposing motifs

Theme: Romans

5

Skill: Composition notation

Theme: Ancient Egypt

Skill: Tuned percussion instruments and djembe drumming.

Theme: South and West Africa

Skill: Looping and remixing

Theme: Dance Music

Skill: Improvisation using the 12-bar blues and the blues scale.

Theme: Blues

Skill: Composition to represent the festival of colour

Theme: Holi

Skill: Combination of singing, dancing and acting to convey an emotional message or story.

Theme: Musical Theatre

6

Skill: Rhythmic patterns using pulse.

Theme Advanced rhythms.

Skill: Creating a composition and a graphic score.

Theme: Film music

Skill: Developing greater singing  accuracy focusing on pitch and control.

Theme: Songs of WW2

Skill: Theme and variations

Theme: Pop Art

Skill: Dynamics. pitch and tempo

Theme: Fingal's Cave

 

Skill: Composition and performing 

Theme: End of year production

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Choir - Christmas Production

Rock Steady Concerts

Performance in assemblies

Spring Concert

Guildford School's Music Festival

Samba Performance

Summer Fair

Singing Picnic