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We are all musicians

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The music curriculum aims to equip all children with fundamental musical skills and a lifelong love for music. All children have music lessons and we have recently purchased a range of new instruments.

Our intent is for all pupils to:

· play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

· improvise and compose music for a range of purposes

· listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

· use and understand staff and other musical notations

· appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

· develop an understanding of the history of music.

Music at St Michael's Academy

At St Michael’s Academy we use Music Express to support out teaching of music. Children have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement, dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. Year 3 pupils have the opportunity to learn the recorder and Year 4 the ukulele. All children take part in a singing assembly once a week where they learn songs related to the core value focus, season, or service.

We pride ourselves on the productions we put on throughout the year. Year four work extremely hard during the autumn term to put on a spectacular pantomime every year, while year six always put on a production to be proud of in the summer. In the past we have had The Lion King, Matilda, Bugsy Malone and Annie. Additionally, years three, four and five will put on a concert, ‘An Evening of Song,’ to showcase their learning towards the end of the year.

Visits and Visitors

To support the teaching of music we provide engaging opportunities for our pupils by inviting guests into our school. Year five had the opportunity to see a live orchestral performance of music from Ten Pieces, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra. The whole school has also been treated to a performance from Wells Cathedral School Junior Big Band.

At St Michael’s Academy we are proud of the dedication our pupils have in attending the school choir. They regularly perform in our assemblies, church services and summer fayres to showcase their work. The choir was invited to sing at Johnson Park as part of the Poppy of Honour tour. Around Christmas, we have great fun singing at the Quedam shopping centre in town, visit care homes around Yeovil to sing them Christmas Carols and pass on the enjoyment for music by having a good sing song!

Music Curriculum Overview

 

Year 3 

 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Unit of work 

Musical focus 

 

 

In the past 

Pitch 

Recorders 

 

Communication 

Composition  

Environment  

Composition  

 

Building 

Beat  

China 

Pitch 

 

Poetry  

Performance 

Ancient Worlds 

Structure 

 

Human Body 

Structure  

Time 

Beat 

 

Concert prep 

Concert prep 

 

 

Year 4 

 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Unit of work 

Musical focus 

Pantomime  

Pantomime  

Environment  

Composition  

 

History of Music: 

Prehistoric 

Western classical 

African drumming 

Blues 

Rock  

Jazz 

 

Poetry  

Performance  

 

Around the world 

Pitch 

 

History of Music: 

Pop 

Hip hop 

Folk 

Britpop 

Soul & Funk 

Caribbean  

Ukulele  

 

Sound 

Exploring sounds 

 

Concert Prep 

Concert Prep 

 

 

 

Year 5 

 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Unit of work 

Musical focus 

Our community  

Performance  

 

Solar System  

Listening  

At the movies 

Composition  

 

 

Keeping Healthy 

Beat 

Life Cycles 

Structure  

Celebration  

Performance  

 

Concert Prep 

Concert Prep 

 

Year 6 

 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Unit of work 

Musical focus 

 

World Unite 

Step dance performance 

 

Journeys 

Song cycle performance  

Growth 

Street dance performance  

 

Roots 

Mini musical performance 

 

 

Production 

 

Class awards 

Show performance 

 

 

Production 

Moving on  

Leavers assembly performance 

 

Production