Mrs Pomeroy-Lynch – Music Lead

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error. – Plato

Music plays a vital role in our broad and balanced curriculum at Liskeard Hillfort. Our music curriculum engages and inspires children to develop a lifelong love of music. We strive for them to experience and share the sheer joy of music making.

Children gain a firm understanding of music through listening, appraising, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Children participate in a wide range of activities designed to develop their musical skills and knowledge, as well as fostering essential life skills such as collaboration, self-discipline and commitment.

Our music scheme of work ‘Charanga’s Musical School’ complements the curriculum aims and scaffolds learning opportunities throughout the Key Stages. A broad repertoire of music (including varied genres and styles) allows children to develop their understanding and appreciation of music, as well as opportunities to create their own musical ideas.  In Year 3, children receive weekly Whole Class Instrumental Teaching (WCIT) in violins with a peripatetic music teacher from the Cornwall Music Service Trust.

We recognise it is important that children gain an awareness of audience, which develops their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Therefore, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, at events both inside and outside of the classroom, and in the wider community. 

This academic year we have some exciting new musical collaborations beginning – offering our children a wider range of musical opportunities, including Rocksteady Music School and steel pans tuition delivered by Kernow Samba!

Long Term Planning

Hillfort Specific

Personal developmentMusic has a huge contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC). It supports health and wellbeing.
Occurs through making, presenting and evaluating music:
making a contribution to cultural life; developing self-esteem and self-confidence; independent learning, problem solving and the ability to use self-evaluation; team work and leadership; and promoting emotional development.
Musical confidence is developed through active engagement with music as performers, music-creators and audience – children will find and develop their musical personalities.
Children develop a lifelong love of music.
Cultural developmentMusic is one of the central building blocks of any culture and the shared knowledge of music is crucial cultural capital in understanding where we came from and our place in the world.
Children develop cultural identity and understanding. Children will be introduced to a wide and diverse range of music, most of which they will not have encountered before.
Pupils develop their appreciation of music, refining their individual taste when exploring:
* Music from local, national and world heritages
* Western classical music, its periods and influences
* Popular music and cross cultural fusions
Embody the school’s valuesKindness, resilience, challenge, courage, aspiration

Musical Concepts

These concepts help to develop MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING. (SM/Music mark)

Musical techniques and building musical knowledge.

Rich, varied musical framework – taught through CHARANGA scheme of work.

Understand style, genre and traditionChildren gain a knowledge of styles and genres from local, national and world traditions and contemporary practice – including through the work of great composers and musicians. They compare features of music from different periods and traditions and for different purposes.
History and chronology of musicPupils develop their understanding of the history of music through different periods and styles of music, putting the listening repertoire into historical and stylistic context.
Early period, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Early 20th Century, Contemporary (21st Century)
Interrelated dimensions of musicAt the centre of all learning – they are musical building blocks: understand pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and appropriate musical notations. Using Charanga, with each new song children begin with the foundation learning of finding the pulse, rhythm and pitch of the song. The progression through the dimensions is outlined in the scheme.
See Note 1 for Progression Map.
NotationUse and understand staff and other musical notations
CreativityMusic learning is a creative experience for children and creativity is at the heart of all musical learning. Children explore musical expression through all the musical processes. This involves a process of playing and experimenting with ideas; making choices and organising; and finally refining, rehearsing and performing.
Music terminology and languageDevelop understanding and use of musical terminology.
See MMC Pages 3-7 for Glossary of musical terms.
See Charanga terminology

Musical Skills/Processes

Music is a skills based subject and is taught practically.

Steadily increasing development of musicianship.

Explored experimentally, through vocally or through music technology.

Key areas work together /alongside one another.

Listening (and appraising)Listening is at the heart of musical activities; we develop our musical understanding through listening.
Active and critical listening is key. This inspires creative responses, both verbally and musically. By learning to listen critically, pupils will not only expand their musical horizons but also gain a deeper understanding of how music is constructed and the impact it can have on the listener.
Children listen to each other, their own music and a repertoire of music.
Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
ComposingTo be able to create own original music through:
Improvising, creating, organising, and refining rhythmic and melodic patterns and harmonies, using textures and structures as appropriate
Children experience practical music making and develop musical expression.
PerformingPerform musically with authenticity.
Play tuned and untuned instruments – develop technical control.
Develop an awareness and sense of audience with regular opportunities for performance in lessons and wider school events
Ensemble: performing with others
SingingUse their voices expressively.
Children receive regular singing opportunities.
Through good vocal production, careful listening and well-developed sense of pitch, pupils should be able to sing with musical delivery by the end of Year 6.

Note 1:

MMC:

Curriculum Maps:

EYFS
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 1

Me!
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 2

My Stories
Christmas Performance6 lessons: Charanga Unit 3

Everyone
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 4

Our World
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 5

Big Bear Funk
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 6

Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 1
1 lesson: Introduction to MusicHistory of Music timeline
Introduction to orchestral instrument sections
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 1Hey You!
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 2Rhythm
Reggae, Hip Hop
Christmas Performance
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 3In The Groove
Blues, Latin, Folk, Funk, Baroque, Bhangra
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 4Round And Round
Latin Bossa Nova, Film music, Big Band Jazz, Mash-up, Latin fusion
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 5Your Imagination
Film, Pop, Musicals
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 6Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 2
1 week: Introduction to MusicHistory of Music timeline
Introduction to orchestral instrument sections
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 1Hands, Feet, Heart
South African styles
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 2Ho Ho Ho
Christmas, Big Band, Motown, Elvis, Freedom Songs
Christmas Performance
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 3I Wanna Play In A Band
Rock
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 4Zootime
Reggae
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 5Friendship Song
Pop, Soul, Film. Musicals
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 6Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 3
1 week: Introduction to MusicHistory of Music timeline
Orchestral instrument sections.
Introduce terms, pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo
Autumn 1-2Violins
Christmas Performance
Spring 1-2Violins
*Listen and Appraise sections of Three Little Birds Charanga Unit
(Reggae)
Summer 1-2Violins
2 lessons:Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 4
1 week: Introduction to MusicIntroduce History of Music timeline
Introduction to orchestral instrument sections.
7 lessons: Charanga Unit 1Mamma Mia!
ABBA
Music and styles of 70s and 80s
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 2Glockenspiels Stage 2
Learning basic instrumental skills by playing tunes in varying styles.
Introduction to language of music, theory and composition.
Christmas Performance
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 3Stop! Grime/Rap around Bullying
Grime, Classical, Bhangra, Tango, Latin Fusion
Rap composition, anti-bullying.
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 4Lean on Me
Gospel
From Beethoven to slavery, Elvis to Urban Gospel of Beyonce and different choirs.
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 5Blackbird
The Beatles
Civil Rights, The development of pop music.
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 6Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 5
1 week: Introduction to MusicHistory of Music timeline
Orchestral instrument sections.
Introduce terms: pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo
7 lessons: Charanga Unit 1Livin’ On A Prayer
Rock
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 2Classroom Jazz 1
Jazz in historical context
Christmas Performance
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 3Make You Feel My Love
Pop Ballards
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 4Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Hip Hop
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 5Dancing in the Street
Motown
History of Motown, development of popular music.
Civil rights.
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 6Reflect, Rewind and Replay
Year 6
1 week: Introduction to MusicHistory of Music timeline
Orchestral instrument sections.
Introduce terms: pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo
7 lessons: Charanga Unit 1Happy
Pop/Motown
What makes us happy? Video project
4 lessons: Charanga Unit 2Classroom Jazz 2
Jazz, Latin, Blues
Jazz in its historical context
Christmas Performance
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 3Benjamin Britten – A New Year Carol
Western Classical Music, Gospel, Bhangra
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 4You’ve Got A Friend
Music of Carole King
6 lessons: Charanga Unit 5Music and Me
Inspirational Women in Music
Identity in Music
2 lessons: Charanga Unit 6Reflect, Rewind and Replay
4 lessons: Year 6 Production

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