MUSIC

Every Child a Musician

Every child in Year 5 is given a musical instrument which they keep. They receive 30 minute lessons throughout years 5 and 6. Year 5 learn guitar, clarinet or violin. Year 6 learn guitar, flute or trumpet.
Below is an extract from the Newham web site which explains the benefits of ECaM.

Every Child a Musician: how it works

Playing a musical instrument can improve your child's learning experience. Research shows that learning a new instrument can:

  • help to improve your child’s literacy, creativity and intellectual development
  • develop your child's self-confidence
  • develop your child’s concentration to help him or her learn other subjects
  • develop your child’s motivation
  • help your child to take pride in his or her musical achievement
  • enjoy music.

We provide a free 30-minute session each week and give your child a musical instrument as a gift.

All Year 5 children have been given their ECaM instrument. Lessons will take place on Tuesdays, starting on 19th September. Year 6 lessons begin on Wednesday 20th September. Children must bring their instruments to school on these days.

Learning in class music lessons this term

Year 1
Children in year 1 will make a variety of sounds with their voices, bodies, found objects and instruments, and explore how these sounds can be changed and used expressively in response to a stimulus. They will learn songs and chants and start to learn how to play percussion instruments in time. Much of this will be achieved through listening to and interacting with The Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens.

Year 2
Children in year 2 will make a variety of sounds with their voices, bodies and instruments, and explore how these sounds can be changed and used expressively in response to a stimulus. They will begin to use symbols to represent sounds and use graphic notation to record their compositions. They will learn to play the recorder and begin to read music. Through listening to a wide variety of music by great composers and musicians they will explore different moods in music.

Year 3
Year 3’s music lessons are provided by Newham Music. They will build on what they learnt in Year 2 and learn to play the ukulele.

Year 4
Children will develop their vocal skills through learning a wide variety of songs from different cultures and traditions. They will learn to play the recorder and strengthen their ability to read music. The featured music will be In the Hall of the Mountain King (Greig), Danse Macabre (Saint Saens) and Night on a Bare Mountain (Mussorgsky). The children will compose music based on myths and legends using a variety of tuned and untuned instruments.

Year 5
Children will develop their part singing skills learning a range of rounds and part songs as well as a wide variety of songs from different cultures and traditions. The featured composers will be Adams (A Short Ride in a Fast Machine), Holst (The Planets) and Beethoven (Symphony No. 5). The children will develop their appreciation and composition skills through examining the above compositions in depth and creating and recording their own pieces.

Year 6
Building on what they did in Year 5, the children will extend their repertoire of songs from different cultures and traditions. They will listen to and evaluate music in the popular genre as well as featured composers Dvorak (New World Symphony), Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker) and Wagner (Ride of the Valkries). They will further develop their composition skills through creating and recording pieces based on the above.

Clubs

A Variety of music clubs will run this term

Key Stage 1 Choir - Monday
Senior Choir (Years 5 & 6) - Wednesday
Singing, Dancing and Drama (Years 1 to 3) - Thursday
Ukulele Club (Year 3) - Friday
Recorder Club - Monday (lunchtime)