OUR MUSIC LEARNING
This Music page will showcase all our Music learning
for Year 3 to Year 6.
Take a look :-)
Alexander and Discovery Classes - Look what we've been up to!
Term 1: River Songs
Week 1 - LO: To be able to sing one part of a song while hearing another part.
We started the term by learning how to sing a round. We sang Row Row your Boat, then split into 2 groups. One group started the song and then the second group joined in part-way through. It was rather challenging to stick to our bit, but we got quite good at this with practice. Then we tried one group singing 3 Blind Mice at the same time as the other group sang Row Row your Boat. It was really tricky, but we managed it. Here are some photos of us doing that, can you guess from our actions as to which group is singing.
Week 2 - LO: To be able to sing a round in time and in tune with our peers.
We have been singing a popular guide / scout song called The Canoe Song. Please look at our page on the website for the video link with tune and lyrics. It's great fun!
Week 3 - LO: To be able to sing a partner song.
We learned another river-themed song today; this time it was the Canadian 'Land of the Silver Birch'. Once we had practised it, we split into 2 groups and one group sang this song while the other group sang the Native American 'Canoe Song'. Have a listen and see how good we are at singing partner songs!
Week 4 and 5 - LO: to learn a song with traditional Geordie lyrics.
We have been learning a river song from Newcastle called 'A Keel Row'. It was challenging to understand some of the words in the Geordie dialect, but we persevered and had a go at turning it into a round. Both Alexander and Discovery sang it together, which was even more fun! Have a listen to it yourself and see what you think!
Alexander and Discovery Classes
Term 2: Recorders
Week 1 - LO: to know how to hold a recorder correctly. To be able to use correct fingering for the note B.
Today we learned how to hold and blow into a recorder to make a tuneful sound. We had to be able to tell our left hand from our right hand as the left hand goes at the top when holding a recorder. We used our left thumb and forefinger to play the note B, and saw little round circle impressions on our fingertips by the end of our lesson. This meant we had been covering the holes completely and correctly!
Week 2 - LO: to be able to play a note without blowing too hard.
Today we practised saying "du" softly to help with playing the notes with the correct amount of power. We learned the terms 'stave', 'treble clef' and 'bar'. Please ask us what they mean if you're not sure.
Week 3 - LO: to be able to follow the pattern as marked on a stave. To be able to use the correct fingering for the note A.
We've been reading and following music today! We followed the rhythm of the 'crotchets' and 'rests' to play some tunes in the book. Many of us found it quite hard to begin with, but we got better the more we practised. We also learned our second note 'A'.
Week 4 - LO: to replace our fingers correctly over the holes when playing melodies with different notes.
We have practised our Bs and As this week, and played melodies with both notes in them. Many of us found it tricky to make sure we fully covered the holes when swapping between the notes, with rather more squeaking than our ears could enjoy! We now know the difference between a 'crotchet' and a 'minim'. Alexander Class have become much more successful at keeping to the pulse of the music and Discovery Class have started to learn how to play a 'G'!
Alexander and Discovery Classes
Term 3: Composing the Amazon
Week 1 - LO: to be able to describe the mood that the composer is portraying.
Today we listening to a variety of different pieces of classical music. As we listened, we allowed our imagination to paint images and emotions in our minds. Here are links to some of the pieces, what do you think of them?
Week 2 - LO: to be able to suggest ways that music and sounds can be representative.
We linked to our Geography topic and looked at lots of pictures of a tropical rainforest and learned about the features of each layer. We thought about how we could describe these layers with adjectives, and then musically.
Week 3 - LO: to be able to experiment with different ways to produce musical sounds.
Today we improvised with lots of instruments and body percussion and tried to musically create 2 layers of the rainforest: the forest floor and the understory. We used low pitch sounds and quiet, long notes to set the atmosphere of being deep in the dark. We used slightly higher and louder sounds for the understory, to show that there is more light and more animals there.
Gala & Braeburn Class - Look at what we have been up to!
Week 2 - LO: To learn the parts of a violin
Today we learnt the strings of the violin and the saying Greedy Dogs Always Eat to help us remember the names of the strings.
We practised holding the violin and we had a go at plucking the strings.
Week 3 - LO: To pluck open strings
Today we learnt to keep time and we played clapping games. We played our first tune on open strings. This was called Bow Down Belinda.
Week 6 - LO: To play a tune on open strings that uses all the strings
Today we played three different songs:
Bow Down Belinda
and Jim Along Josie.
Over the course of the lesson we used all of the strings and we really worked on our timing.
Week 3 - LO: To play a tune on all open strings using the bow
Today we played our first song using the bow and all of the strings. We had to work hard on our timing and some of us were a little surprised by the repeat but we managed it. The bit in the middle was the trickiest section because we had to go from playing 4 notes to 2 notes. However when we realised that the beat didn't change that made it much easier for us to keep time.
Mr Jibb played a G when he should have played a D though!
Today we looked at playing minims. This is a note which lasts for two beats. We found that to play a minim we had to use a lot more of our bow and move our bows using our elbows.
Week 1 & 2
We have been continuing to work on using crotchets and minims. We have learned to play a simple version of London Bridge and we are learning to vary our pace for different musical effect. A minim is the length of two crotchets. It is 2 beats in a 4 beat bar.
We have also learned a technique called "tremelo" where you move the bow back and forwards quickly to produce a stuttering effect.
Today we linked our learning to our topic of sound in Science. We thought about how you can change the sound of the violin. We discussed "amplitude" and "pitch". We saw how strings vibrate at a higher amplitude when you press harder with the bow. We saw how loosening and tightening the pegs changes the "pitch" of the string.
Obviously, when playing the violin we need to play different notes and this is done by changing the length of the string. By shortening the string we can make the note higher. Using our fingers and pressing down on the string enables us to play different notes and means that a violin only needs 4 strings and not hundreds.
Empire and Ruben Classes - Look at what we have been up to!
Week 1 - LO: To understand and identify musical elements of pitch, tempo and dynamics.
We listened to excerpts from Peter and the Wolf today, and discussed the changes in tempo and dynamics. We also listened to the instruments that represented some of the characters in the story and discussed the difference in pitch between them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ZHPiHzeAE Here's the link to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra version that we listened to in the lesson.
Week 2 - LO: To understand duration and ostinato.
We learned about the repeating rhythmic pattern in music called an ostinato. We could identify it in pieces of music as varied as Holst's Mars:Bringer of War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bcRCCg01I , The Imperial March from Star Wars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8 and Queen's Another One Bites the Dust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlKcPeO7dfA Have a listen and hear the ostinato for yourself.
Week 3 - LO: To understand rhythm and pulse.
We have been exploring the difference between pulse and rhythm. To help us with this, we are learning to play the cups! Ask one of us to find out more!
Week 4 - LO: To compose using percussion.
Today we started our composition in groups. We watched some clips from "Stomp" and were in awe of how they created musical rhythms with just their bodies and simple items like brooms and cups of water.
Then we tried our hand at creating our own rhythms using just our bodies and what we could find on the tables. There was a lot of noisy musical fun!
Term 2: Reggae Music
Week 1 - LO: to understand the origins and features of reggae music.
We have started our new topic abour Reggae Music. Both classes listened to pieces of music by Bobby McFerrin, Bob Marley and the Wailers and UB40. Most of us found it difficult to sit still as the music made us want to move to the beat. We listened carefully to see if we could identify the instruments being played, and in one song we're not sure if there are any instruments being played; it sounds like it's just voices and body percussion. Have a listen and see what you think!
Week 2 - LO: to know about a key artist of the musical genre.
Today we learned more about the reggae artist Bob Marley. We discussed how he came from Jamaica, an island in the Caribbean, and discovered the significance of the place 'Trench Town', that is mentioned in a number of his song lyrics. We found out that he was a vegetarian, spoke out about freedom for black people and was a Rastafarian. We worked in groups to present the information in an interesting way.
Empire and Ruben Classes
Term 3: Playin' the Blues
Week 1 - LO: to understand the traditions of blues music.
Today we learned all about the history of Blues Music. We were taken on a musical journey from the plantations of American Deep South in the late 1700s to the clubs of Chigago and Detroit in the 1970s!
Here are links to some of the songs we listened to today, what do you think?
Week 2 - LO: to be able to identify similarities between blues music.
Today we listened to a variety of different pieces of Blues music, from the 1950s right up to the present day. We worked in groups to identify the similarities and describe them in terms of instruments and musical elements such as pitch, structure and texture.
Week 3 - LO: to identify and play chord sequences used in 12 bar blues music.
We finally got our hands on some musical instruments to play today!
We listened to ‘I got the blues’ by Sam Myers, and was able to distinguish the bass guitar accompaniment, that was playing the chord pattern, from the other instruments. We began to understand how the 12-Bar-Blues sounded. Here's a link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-KluFB9A8M
Once we understood some music theory about chords and which notes were needed to play along with the song, we had a go using glockenspiels.
Russet and Sunrise Classes - Look at what we have been up to!
Week 2 - LO: To understand rhythm.
This week we used Morse code to create a rhythm - using the Inspector Morse theme tune as inspiration.
Week 3 - LO: To explore rhythm.
Using the Morse code the children have begun to explore the rhythms that they can create.
Week 4 - LO: To develop rhythm by exploring instrumentation.
The children have been considering which instruments are best for making the dot sound and which ones will make the dash sound effectively.
Russet and Sunrise Classes
Week 1 - LO: To identify instrumentation.
We listened to World War Two Music - thinking about the instruments they used.
Week 2 - LO: To identify themes.
During Evacuee Day we listened to World War Two music and discussed the themes of them. They are very different to modern music.
Week 3-6 - LO: To be able to sing in tune.
Over the following weeks we were listening to the Christmas carols that we will be singing in the Christmas Carol Service. We practised singing in tune and ensuring the lyrics are clear. They sounded fantastic at St Margaret's Church on Thursday 5th December.
Russet and Sunrise Classes
Term 3: Composition (Coraline)
Week 1: To listen and appraise music.
Week 2: To understand how musical elements influence emotions.
When listening to the Coraline soundtrack we considered how intense the emotions became dependent on what was happening with the music; this included thinking about the impact silence can have.