At St. Edmund’s, Music, particularly singing, is central to our school community. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We listen to music, sing and play music together as part of our whole school and class worship, but also for pleasure. The children have regular opportunities to perform to each other, to visitors and to their parents, for example in Masses and assemblies, at the Christmas, Easter and end of year performances. We are part of the Abingdon Partnership and we take advantage of all the opportunities that come with this, particularly the ‘Music Flood’, in September and the orchestra days.

At St. Edmund’s, we follow the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum for Music in our music lessons. In Nursery and Reception, Music is part of ‘Expressive Arts’ and from Year 1 upwards, Music is taught as a separate subject, with three strands: listening and appraising, composing and improvising, and performance. We use selected units from the scheme ‘Charanga’ but we have also set aside particular units where the focus is on preparing for a performance. In Year 3, the children spend a term learning a musical instrument, taught by a specialist from Oxfordshire County Council Music Service.

From Year 1 onwards, we cover the following units:

YEAR 1 UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3

PERFORMING
Learning and performing music for the Christmas Nativity play. (Over 6 weeks)

 

Listening: Internalise rhythmic and melodic phrases.

Performing: Play basic rhythms on untuned percussion instruments and using body percussion.

Singing: Sing simple tunes with a narrow pitch range in unison.

LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING/IMPROVISING
Hey You! (Hip Hop song)

  1. Listen and appraise: Hey You!
  2. Listen and appraise: Me, Myself and I (De la Soul). Learn to sing ‘Hey You!’.
  3. Listen and appraise: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Improvise with ‘Hey You!
  4. Listen and appraise: Rapper’s Delight. Learn instrumental parts for ‘Hey You!’.
  5. Listen and appraise: U Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer). Compose with ‘Hey You!’.
  6. Rehearse and perform: ‘Hey You!’.

LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING/IMPROVISING

Round and Round (Latin/bossa nova song)

  1. Listen and appraise: Round and Round
  2. Listen and appraise: Livin’ La Vida Loca! (Ricky Martin). Learn to sing ‘Round and Round’.
  3. Listen and appraise: The Imperial March (John Williams). Improvise rhythms on untuned percussion to ‘Round and Round’.
  4. Listen and appraise: ‘It Had Better Be You’ (Michael Buble). Learn tuned percussion part for ‘Round and Round’.
  5. Listen and appraise: Why Don’t You (Gramophonedzie). Group composition on tuned and untuned percussion to accompany ‘Round and Round’.
  6. Rehearse and perform: Compositions to accompany ‘Round and Round’.
YEAR 2 UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3
PERFORMING
Learning and performing music for the Christmas Nativity play. (Over 6 weeks)

Listening: Internalise rhythmic and melodic phrases.

Performing: Play longer phrases on untuned percussion instruments and body percussion.

Singing: Sing simple songs with a wider pitch range.

LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING
Hands, Feet, Heart (South African music)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: Hands, Feet, Heart and learn the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: The Click Song (Mirium Makeba). Learn glockenspiel part for Hands, Feet, Heart.
  3. Listen and appraise: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Soweto Gospel Choir). Clap and improvise with Hands, Feet Heart.
  4. Listen and appraise: Bring Him Back Home (Hugh Masekela). Teach recorder part for Hands, Feet, Heart.
  5. Listen and appraise: You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon). Rehearse recorder part for Hands, Feet, Heart.
  6. Listen and appraise: Hlokoloza (Arthur Mafokate). Perform Hands Feet, Heart with recorder part/singing.
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

I Wanna Play in a Band (Rock song)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: I Wanna Play in a Band and learn the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: We Will Rock You (Queen). Begin to learn some instrumental parts for ‘I Wanna Play in a Band’.
  3. Listen and appraise: ‘Smoke on the Water’ (Deep Purple). Improvise with ‘I Wanna Play in a Band’ on instruments.
  4. Listen and appraise: Rocking all Over the World (Status Quo). Compose with ‘I Wanna Play in a Band’ (group work).
  5. Listen and appraise: Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry). Revisit composition from previous lesson.
  6. Listen and appraise: I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles). Rehearse and perform compositions from previous lesson.
YEAR 3 12-week instrumental tuition course, taught by peripatetic teacher from Oxfordshire County Council Music Service.

2023 – Strings (violins and cellos)

PERFORMING

Learning and performing music for the Year 3 & 4 Easter production. (Over 6 weeks)

 

Listening: Sing or play back simple melodies that are heard.

Performing: Use instruments and the voice to perform simple melodies and rhythms. Demonstrate at least 3 rhythmic tempos.

Singing: Sing songs including a rhythmic ostinato.

YEAR 4 UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

Mama Mia (70s Pop song)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: Mama Mia (ABBA) and start learning the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: Dancing Queen (ABBA). Learn to sing Mama Mia confidently.
  3. Listen and appraise: The Winner Takes It All (ABBA). Learn easy glockenspiel part for Mama Mia and improvise on G.
  4. Listen and appraise: Waterloo (ABBA). Teach recorder part for Mama Mia.
  5. Listen and appraise: Super Trouper (ABBA). Rehearse recorders, vocal and easy glockenspiel parts for Mama Mia (3 groups).
  6. Listen and appraise: Thank You for the Music (ABBA). Perform Mama Mia with vocal and instrumental parts.
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

Lean On Me (Soul/Gospel song)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: Lean On Me (Bill Withers) and learn the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: He Still Loves Me (Walter Williams and Beyonce). Begin to learn some instrumental parts for ‘Lean On Me’.
  3. Listen and appraise: Shackles (Mary Mary). Improvise with ‘Lean On Me’ on instruments.
  4. Listen and appraise: Amazing Grace (Elvis Presley). Compose with ‘Lean On Me’ using 3 notes (group work).
  5. Listen and appraise: Ode To Joy (Beethoven). Revisit composition from previous lesson.
  6. Listen and appraise: Lean On Me (The ACM Gospel Choir). Rehearse and perform compositions from previous lesson. 
 PERFORMING
Learning and performing music for the Year 3 & 4 Easter production. (Over 6 weeks)

Listening: Perform music heard aurally that contains different parts.

Performing: Perform melodies and more complex rhythms in different time signatures and tempos.

Singing: Sing songs in 2 parts, e.g. with a drone, simple Ostinati or partner songs.

YEAR 5 UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

Make You Feel My Love (Pop Ballad)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: Make You Feel My Love (Adele version) and start learning the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan Version). Learn to sing the Adele version of the song confidently.
  3. Listen and appraise: So Amazing (Luther Vandross). Learn easy glockenspiel part for Make You Feel My Love.
  4. Listen and appraise: Hello (Lionel Richie). Improvise with ‘Make Me Feel My Love’ using glockenspiels on C.
  5. Listen and appraise: The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern). Further improvisation with ‘You Make Me Feel My Love’.
  6. Listen and appraise: Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley). Rehearse and perform ‘Make Me Feel My Love’ including improvised section.
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

Dancing In The street (1960’s Motown)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: Dancing In The Street (Martha and the Vandellas) and learn the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: I Can’t Help Myself (The Four Tops). Begin to learn some instrumental parts for ‘Dancing In The Street’.
  3. Listen and appraise: I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye). Improvise with ‘Dancing In The Street’ on instruments.
  4. Listen and appraise: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell). Compose with ‘Dancing In The Street’ using 3 notes (group work).
  5. Listen and appraise: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder). Revisit composition from previous lesson.
  6. Listen and appraise: The Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson). Rehearse and perform compositions from previous lesson.
PERFORMING

Learning and performing music for the Year 5 & 6 Summer production. (Over 6 weeks)

 

Listening: Sing back what has been heard.

Performing: Perform melodies and more complex rhythms in pieces with contrasting tempos and time signatures.

Singing: Sing pieces with a range of at least 8 notes and pieces with different parts

YEAR 6 UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

Happy (Pop song with soul influence)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: Happy (Pharrell Williams) and learn the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: Top of the World (The Carpenters). Begin to learn some instrumental parts for ‘Happy’.
  3. Listen and appraise: Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin). Improvise with ‘Happy’ on instruments.
  4. Listen and appraise: Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and The Waves). Compose with ‘Happy’ using 3 notes (group work).
  5. Listen and appraise: When You’re Smiling (Frank Sinatra). Revisit composition from previous lesson.
  6. Listen and appraise: Love Will Save The Day (Brendan Reilly). Rehearse and perform compositions from previous lesson.
LISTENING AND RESPONDING
COMPOSING

You’ve Got a Friend (Song about friendship, by Carole King)

 

  1. Listen and appraise: You’ve Got A Friend (Carole King) and start learning the song.
  2. Listen and appraise: The Loco-Motion (written by Carole King, sung by Little Eva). Learn to sing You’ve Got A Friend confidently.
  3. Listen and appraise: One Fine Day (written by Carole King, sung by The Chiffons). Learn easy glockenspiel part for You’ve Got A Friend.
  4. Listen and appraise: Up On The Roof (written by Carole King, sung by The Drifters).  Improvisation bronze challenge for You’ve Got A Friend.
  5. Listen and appraise: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Carole King). Improvisation silver challenge for You’ve Got A Friend.
  6. Listen and appraise: You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman (Carole King). Rehearse and perform ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, including improvised section.
PERFORMING

Learning and performing music for the Year 5 & 6 Summer production. (Over 6 weeks)

 

Listening: Talk about key features of music including tempo, metre, instrumentation and melody.

Performing: Perform confidently and accurately, following direction to change tempo within pieces of music.

Singing: Sing musically responding to the performance directions of the piece.

 

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