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Year 5

Autumn Term
Topics covered:

  • Percussion family: using percussion for effect.
  • Instruments of the orchestra.
  • Singing: throughout the year pupils will learn to sing a variety of songs.

Tasks:

  • Listening tests.
  • Composing music for effect.
  • Group composition and performance.
  • Theory tests.

Spring Term
Topics covered:

  • Carnival of the Animals / Camille Saint Saens.
  • Rhythm, pitch, and dynamics: theory relating to music notation including dynamic markings.

Tasks:

  • Theory.
  • Composition and performance.

Summer Term
Topics covered:

  • Music notation: learning how to write music using western music notation.
  • Composing melodies in the treble clef.
  • Performing melodies using keyboards or tuned percussion.

Tasks:

  • Composing music for effect.
  • Group composition and performance.

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Year 6

Autumn Term
Topics covered:

  • Keyboard skills: pupils work on a keyboard skills course to help learn or advance their keyboard skills including, rhythmic accompaniment and chords.
  • Sequences: pupils learn how to compose using sequences (musical patterns).

Tasks:

  • Composition and performance.
  • Listening, theory and skills tests.

Spring Term
Topics covered:

  • Sequences: pupils learn how to compose using sequences (musical patterns).
  • Elements: pupils use pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, timbre, etc.
  • Pupils compose a modern piece using sequences.

Tasks:

  • Extended compositional ideas.
  • Final performance.

Summer Term
Topics covered:

  • Time keeping: pupils learn about a variety of musical timings e.g. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8. Pupils compose individual melodies.
  • Conducting: pupils learn how to conduct music in a variety of timings. They work in groups to compose a piece in 3/4 time.
  • Review of music notation: pupils write their melodies using music notation.

Tasks:

  • Written and theory work.
  • Composition and final performance.

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Year 7

Autumn Term
Topics covered:

  • Understanding scales (major & minor): pupils learn about the arrangement of intervals (tones & semi-tones) within major & minor scales.
  • Ensembles: pupils perform a class ensemble piece in 4 parts of varying difficulty.
  • Major scale composition: pupils compose their own piece using the notes from major scales. They add accompaniments such as a pulse, drone, rhythm or chords.

Tasks:

  • Skills assessment: pupil’s ability to perform a variety of scales - similar and contrary motion.
  • Composition and final performance is assessed.

Spring Term
Topics covered:

  • Chromaticism: pupils learn about the chromatic scale and how chromaticism is used in music.
  • Impressionism: pupils listen to Prelude: a l’apres midi d’un Faun by Claude Debussy. Pupils learn about Debussy - his compositional style including his use of instrumentation, use of chromaticism and development of the ‘Whole-Tone Scale’.

Tasks:

  • Pupils’ skill in playing the chromatic scale in various ways is assessed.
  • Pupils’ skill in playing the whole-tone scale is assessed.

Summer Term
Topics covered:

  • Extended composition: using all types of scales and compositional devices to create a variety of moods. This work is linked to their work in art, which looks at creating imaginary landscapes
  • Music in advertising: pupils learn how music is used in advertising including background music, songs, jingles, etc.

Tasks:

  • The final composition and performance is assessed.
  • Pupils create a new product and write an advert including music.

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Year 8

Autumn Term
Topics covered:

  • Form & Structure: AABA form – pupils revise understanding about finished & unfinished melodic endings (tonic – dominant endings).
  • Beethoven & the 9th Symphony: excerpts from the 9th symphony ‘Ode to Joy’ theme. Beethoven’s life and music composition including expansion of the orchestra development of the piano.

Tasks:

  • Assessed performance
  • Composition of AABA piece
  • Final performance

Spring Term
Topics covered:

  • Blues: pupils learn about the history and development of Blues music and its influence on other styles of music. This links with the work in History on the Slave Trade.
  • Guitar: using guitars pupils learn to play 12 Bar Blues accompaniment patterns and solos created this new musical style.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Blues developed into musical styles such as Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Tasks:

  • Pupils’ skill level is assessed knowledge.
  • Pupils perform a group Blues or Rock ‘n’ Roll piece.

Summer Term
Topics covered:

  • Baroque: pupils look at the development of music and the main composers during the Baroque period 1600 to 1750.

Tasks:

  • Composition: pupils revisit sequences and compose their own piece based upon Vivaldi using a variety or ornamentation and sequential melodies.

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