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At Avenue Primary School we are very proud of our longstanding tradition of music within the school.  We believe it is vital that children have opportunities to experience and listen to a wide range of music from different periods and cultures.  We aim to give children the opportunity to listen to and participate in a wide range of musical styles.

 

We have a successful choir and orchestra who enjoy performing to local community groups as well as to parents.  Groups of children (PPG) across Key Stage 2 are also offered the opportunity of peripatetic  ukelele or recorder lessons and also enjoy the opportunity to participate in performing to the wider school community.

 

Curriculum:

Key Stage 1:

Children will be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.  This may be during music sessions or as a means of learning in another subject area.

Children will have opportunities to play tuned and untuned instruments musically and will be encouraged to develop their understanding of rhythm, pitch and dynamics.

In Key Stage 1 children will begin to learn how to create, select and combine sounds in order to compose their own pieces of music.

 

 

Key Stage 2:

Children will continue to develop their performance skills, playing and performing in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.  They will improvise and compose music for a range of purposes and begin to use and understand staff and other musical notation.

Classes in Year 5 and 6 are taught by a specialist music teacher and participate in whole class ensemble teaching, learning a variety of instruments.

 

We follow the Music Express scheme of work in music lessons which gives children the opportunity to listen to music, compose pieces and play a range of instruments.

 

Music Express units:

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 1

Sounds Interesting – Exploring Sounds

 

The Long and Short of It – Exploring Duration

Feel the Pulse – Exploring Pulse and Rhythm

 

Taking Off - Exploring Pitch

What's the Score? - Exploring Instruments and Symbols

 

- Rain, Rain, Go Away! - Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics

Year 2

The Long and Short of It - Exploring Duration

 

Feel the Pulse - Exploring Pulse and Rhythm

Taking Off - Exploring Pitch

 

What's the Score? - Exploring Instruments and Symbols

Rain, Rain, Go Away! - Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics

 

Sounds Interesting - Exploring Sounds

Year 3

Animal Magic - Exploring Descriptive Sounds

 

Play It Again - Exploring Rhythmic Patterns

The Class Orchestra - Exploring Arrangements

 

Dragon Scales - Exploring Pentatonic Scales

- Painting with Sound - Exploring Sound Colours

 

Salt Pepper Vinegar Mustard - Exploring Singing Games

Year 4

Play It Again - Exploring Rhythmic

 

The Class Orchestra - Exploring Arrangements

Dragon Scales - Exploring Pentatonic Scales

 

Painting with Sound - Exploring Sound Colours

Salt Pepper Vinegar Mustard - Exploring Signals

 

Animal Magic - Exploring Descriptive Sounds

Year 5

Cyclic Patterns - Exploring Rhythm and Pulse

 

Roundabout - Exploring Rounds

Journey Into Space - Exploring Sound Sources

 

Songwriter - Exploring Lyrics and Melody

- Stars Hide Your Fires - Performing Together

 

Who Knows? - Exploring Musical Processes

Year 6

Roundabout - Exploring Rounds

 

Journey Into Space - Exploring Sound Sources

Songwriter - Exploring Lyrics and Melody

 

Cyclic Patterns - Exploring Rhythm and Pulse

Stars Hide Your Fires - Performing Together

 

Who Knows? - Exploring Musical Processes

 

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