What we say about Music at Dean Bank Primary School
Charlie – I like learning to play musical instruments.
Libby – We can also do music in recorder club after school.
Megan – I like singing the songs on Charanga.
At Dean Bank the intent of our music curriculum is to kindle a passion for music and performance in our pupils. We believe that music is an essential experience that should be enjoyable and accessible to all children. We want pupils to feel able, reflective and expressive, developing their own appreciation of music with the opportunities we provide at school. Pupils are actively encouraged and given the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments, from standard classroom instruments to instrumental lessons through a specialist music teacher. Through music lessons, pupils are involved in a range of musical opportunities, such as exploring sounds, listening actively, composing and performing. By following the ‘Charanga’ music programme, children are taught the building blocks of music whilst having fun and feeling part of a musical community with their peers, instilling confidence in their abilities.
Long Term Plans
Progression of Knowledge
Music in Action 2023-2024
Autumn 1 2023 – Reception
In Reception in Autumn 1 we have focused on the topic of ‘Me’. We have listened to and responded to different styles of music, learnt to sing along to different types of nursery rhymes and action songs, and performed songs we have learnt. We have practised finding the pulse in a piece of music, clapped a simple rhythm and explored high sounds and low sounds with our voices.
Autumn 1 2023 – Y1
This half term we have learnt that every piece of music has a heartbeat – a musical heartbeat which we call the ‘pulse’ or ‘beat’. We clapped, tapped, swayed and stomped along to the music, trying to find the ‘pulse’ and ‘beat’. We have also began to explore and play the glockenspiel whilst thinking about and discussing how music brings us together. We also practiced singing along to the focus songs.
Autumn 1 2023 – Y2
In Year 2, the children have been exploring the social question, ‘How does music help us make friends?’. This thread has ran throughout our unit of work this half term as we have enjoyed listening to a range of different musical genres. We have learnt that music has a steady beat, called a pulse. We also learnt that music is made up of long and short and high and low sounds, called ‘rhythm’ and ‘pitch’. These elements combine when we sing and play.
Autumn 1 2023 – Y3
Autumn 1 2023 – Y4
Children in Y4 have been learning about musical structures which are musical sections that repeat or change to help create the structure, or form, of a piece of music or a song. We’ve focused on the patterns in the verses and choruses that repeat or alternate in three songs: Hoedown, I’m Always There and Martin Luther King.
Autumn 1 2023 – Y5
In year 5 we have been practicing the C major and A minor chords of the ukelele and beginning to play along to music. We have also been learning to sing Viking themed songs in preparation for our class assembly after Christmas.
Autumn 1 2023 – Y6
Y6 have been focusing on pop/Motown music this half term particularly looking at music that makes us feel happy. Children have been learning about the song Happy by Pharrell Williams and have been practising singing and playing it on the glockenspiels.
Archive Curriculum Work
You can view our Archived Music Curriculum work on our website.