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Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Children love music at Sunnyfields and it plays a very important role in helping to develop their confidence, concentration and musicality.

Intent

We aim to deliver a high-quality musical education in order to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. In this way, we intend to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Lessons build their skills in order to prepare them to perform in front of an audience and to take the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, read and write musical notation. 

Children are encouraged to think like a musician. This means that they learn to explore, perform, play, rehearse, improvise and compose. They also learn about music history and have the opportunity to listen and respond to different types of music.

Singing is central to musical development and therefore children in Early Years and both Key Stages are able to take part in music performances. We have regular musical events throughout the year where singing plays an invaluable role, such as the Wider Opportunities Concert for parents of Year 4 children.

The National Curriculum 2019

The National Curriculum 2019 revised framework requires that pupils will learn by:-

Singing - Playing - Improvising - Composing - Listening - Social/Moral/Spiritual/Cultural Development.

Different musical stimuli will be used to develop all aspects of all these areas of development: singing, playing instruments, listening to music, performing music, moving to music and understanding the elements of music.

Assessment takes place through the evaluation of singing, playing, use of notation, exploration, creativity and pupil responses to musical stimuli in a variety of situations.

Musical Achievements 

At Sunnyfields, we value music highly and we ensure that children have every opportunity to showcase their talents.

In 2020, our Year 6 children were thrilled to be invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall with English Pocket Opera. 

Every year we host the Infant Music Festival and annually participate in the Junior Music Festival at the Arts Depot. 

Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

Acorns and Chestnuts

Singing

Pitch matching

Feeling the pulse

Listening – moving to music

Singing

Pitch matching Feeling the pulse

Listening – moving to music

Christmas songs

Singing

Pitch matching

Feeling the pulse

Listening – moving to music

 

Singing

Pitch matching

Feeling the pulse

Using percussion

Listening – moving to music

Music assembly

Singing

Pitch matching

Feeling the pulse

Using percussion

Listening – moving to music

Singing

Pitch matching

Feeling the pulse

Using percussion

Listening –moving to music

Summer concert songs

Hazel Class

Singing  

Individual pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Listening – moving to music

 

Singing

Individual pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Listening –moving to music

Christmas songs

Singing  

Individual pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Simple percussion activities

Listening – moving to music

Singing

Individual pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Simple percussion activities

Listening – moving to music

Music assembly

Singing

Individual pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Simple percussion activities

Listening – moving to music

Singing

Individual pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse Rhythm clapping

Simple percussion activities

Listening – moving to music

Summer concert songs

Maple Class

Singing and pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Different sound sources – bodies, voices, percussion.

Listening & moving to music to develop pulse

 

Singing and pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Different sound sources – bodies, percussion and voices

Listening & moving to music to develop pulse

Christmas songs

Singing and pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Pitch awareness

Listening & moving to music to develop pulse

Singing and pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Dynamics – aural experience.

Explore instruments- percussion.

Listening & moving to music –pulse & dynamics

Music assembly

Singing and pitch matching

Actions/ games to develop pulse

Rhythm clapping

Pulse, rhythm and dynamics through percussion and singing.

Listening & moving to music to develop pulse, tempo & dynamics

Singing and pitch matching

Pulse made conscious through games

Rhythm clapping

Pulse, pitch and dynamics through singing and percussion.

Listening & moving to music to develop pulse, tempo &dynamics

Summer songs

Cherry Class

Singing longer songs.

Pulse and rhythm –aural experience-singing games and percussion.

Rhythm clapping

Listening to music– responding to dynamics, tempo & pulse.

Infant music festival songs.

Singing longer songs.

Pulse and rhythm; aural experience through singing games.

Rhythm clapping

Understanding pitch through games/percussion.

Listening to music– responding to dynamics, tempo & pulse.

Christmas Songs

Singing longer songs.

Pulse and rhythm – difference between the two through singing games.

Rhythm speaking

Understand and control the pitch of the voice.

Listening to music– responding to pitch.

Singing longer songs

Pulse and rhythm – difference between the two through singing games.

Rhythm speaking

To hear and make changes in pitch.

Listening to music – responding to pitch.

Music assembly.

Singing longer songs.

Identifying the pattern of two notes to one pulse.

Rhythm speaking.

To respond to changes in pitch, physically and with percussion.

Listening to music respond to changes in timbre.

Singing longer songs.

Identifying the pattern of two notes to one pulse.

Rhythm in relation to pulse.

Showing pitch through actions.

Listening – respond to changes in timbre.

Summer songs

Birch Class

Develop quality of singing sound.

Pulse and tempo.

Pitch – solfa names of notes.

Rhythm notation ta/teh-teh/rest

Songs in 6/8.

Listening to descriptive music.

Develop quality of singing sound.

Pulse and tempo

Pitch - solfa

Rhythm notation ta/teh-teh/rest

Songs in 3/4.

Listening to descriptive music.  Christmas songs

Develop quality of singing sound.

Pitch - solfa

Phrase length – matching sounds and movement.

Rhythm notation ta/teh-teh/rest.

Songs in 6/8.

Listening to instruments of the orchestra.

Develop quality of singing sound.

Pitch names of notes.

Phrase length and structure.

Rhythm notation ta/teh-teh/rest.

Songs in 3/4.

Listening to instruments of the orchestra.

Music assembly.

Develop quality of singing sound.

Pitch – names of notes.

Phrase length and structure.

Compose 4 beat 4 phrase pieces.

Rhythm notation ta/teh-teh/rest.

Songs in 6/8.

Listening to music describing magic.

Develop quality of singing sound.

Solfa

Compose simple 4 beat 4 phrase rhythms with ta/teh-teh/rest.

6/8, 4/4 and 3/4

Listening to music about art

Summer songs.

 

 

Beech Class

Develop quality of singing.

Pulse and rhythm – identifying notation aurally.

Same/different in phrases.

Read rhythm solfa

Exploring mood through listening to music.

Develop quality of singing.

Pulse and rhythm – identifying notation aurally.

Same/different in phrases.

Rhythm solfa.

Exploring mood through listening to music.

Christmas songs

Develop quality of singing.

Pulse and rhythm relationship in notation.

Aural dictation

Rhythm solfa

Exploring musical instruments through listening.

Develop quality of singing.

Pulse and rhythm – reading and writing rhythms.

How to use existing rhythms to make new ones.

Rhythm solfa.

Exploring musical instruments through listening.

Music assembly.

Develop quality of singing – 2 parts.

Rhythm solfa.

Compose and perform simple rhythmic patterns on percussion.

Listening to music about Nature.

 

 

Develop quality of singing – 2 parts.

Read from rhythm solfa.

Expand rhythmic ideas from songs and transfer to percussion.

Listening to music

about Nature.

Summer songs

Ash Class

Sing pentatonic songs in 2+ parts. Pitch - about pentatonic scales. Rhythm solfa

Listen to pentatonic music.

Sing pentatonic songs in 2+ parts.

Pitch - pentatonic scale.

Composing pentatonic melodies.

Rhythm solfa

Christmas songs

Listening - music that tells a story.

Sing pentatonic songs in 2+ parts.

Composing melodies.

Working with ostinato.

Melody drones.

Rhythm solfa

Listening: South American music.

Call and response songs.

Rhythm - call and response patterns.

Rhythm solfa

Minor keys - songs

Listening:  14th – 16th century music.

Music Assembly

Call and response patterns with djembies.

Building up ostinati.

Create different textures with rhythm

Songs in major and minor keys  

Listening- music of Africa.

Singing in canon.

Salsa texture – building a rhythm piece with movement.

Rhythm solfa

Summer songs

Listening: music of Caribbean

Oak Class

Singing longer songs, more parts, quality of tone, greater pitch range.

Pulse, rhythm – recognising rhythms from cards- aural work on writing own.

Singing at sight.

Musical structures.

Listening comparing styles in classical music.

 

Singing longer songs, more parts, quality of tone and greater pitch range.

Pulse, rhythm -recognising rhythms, from cards, aural work on writing own.

Singing in canon - known songs.

Rhythm solfa

Christmas songs

Listening – comparing styles in classical music.

Singing longer songs, more parts, quality of tone and greater pitch range.

Rhythm -recognising rhythms, from cards, aural work on writing own.

Aural dictation

Songs in different modes

Listening – music of the 1930s/40’s

WW2 songs

Singing longer songs, more parts, quality of tone and greater pitch range.

Exploring tonalities

Aural dictation

Listening – music of the 1930s/40’s

WW2 songs

Music assembly

 

Singing longer songs, more parts, quality of tone and greater pitch range.

How musical structures are used in song –analysis.

Make a singing game to a known song.

Listening -Jazz/ragtime/pop.

Summer songs/summer show.

Singing longer songs, more parts, quality of tone and greater pitch range.

How lyrics can be set to music.

Compose a singing game for EYFS – and teach it.

Summer songs/summer show.

 

 

Sunnyfields Choir

Children love music at Sunnyfields and contributing as part of the Sunnyfields Choir plays a very important part in helping to develop their confidence and musicality.

It allows them to become ambassadors for the school, perform in front of an audience and gives them a sense of pride in their achievements. 

 Watch our choir here

Would you like to learn a musical instrument?

Sunnyfields offers music tuition in Brass- Trumpet, Tenor Horn or Trombone, Clarinet and Piano.

Children are taught in groups for Brass and Woodwind and have individual Piano lessons. They have the opportunity of taking music medals and exams and this encourages them greatly. They also perform to their parents in assemblies and concerts.

Music plays a very important role in class assemblies. Over the year, we see the different ways in which the curriculum incorporates music, particularly in class assemblies.

Click here to hear Year 4 Playing cornet last Christmas. they had only been practicing for a short while!

Lessons are provided through Barnet Education Arts Trust and you can book here https://beatrust.org.uk/enrol/school-based-instrumental-lessons/