At Sir John Heron Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum for music with lessons being delivered through the Charanga scheme.
Click here to view the programme of study from the National Curriculum for music for KS1 and KS2:
On Fridays, the children have an opportunity to come along to music drop-in sessions. During these times, it is free choice! So far, we have had mini piano lessons and explorations, bass guitar playing, solo singing and even bands! Having these taster sessions available is a fantastic opportunity, encouraging children to have a go at something new or benefit from one to one time with the music teacher.
At Sir John Heron, we are committed to providing engaging and enjoyable learning experiences for all our children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). All children participate in a weekly music lesson with Miss Slocombe.This week, our children have been using songs to identify parts of the body alongside focusing on turn taking and choosing.
Year 3 Ukulele - November 2019
This term our Year 3 classes have started learning the ukulele during music. They started by focusing on beginner skills such as how to hold and tune their instruments, but have quickly moved on to learning a number of chords, some of which use up to three fingers! We enjoy a variety of music in our classes and are working towards creating ukulele covers of our favourite songs.
Year 4 Leadership Skills - November 2019
During their warm up games this week, Year 4 have been focusing on developing leadership skills. As musicians, we often spend time practising alone, but we come together as a group to work as a team or to be guided by one person. Miss Slocombe handed over the role of teacher to different pupils who then lead a circle game with thirty children! Each of these young leaders showed a remarkable boost in confidence and successfully guided us all into the main lesson activity. Well done!
We are very excited to share with you our wonderful members of the Key Stage One Choir! Each week we gather together for an hour of singing, often with added dance moves and lots of laughter! So far, the choir has learnt six songs in only three sessions - wow! We look forward to sharing a performance with you all soon.
This week our Year 6 pupils have become song writers! Together, they chose a current song that they like, analysed it, and then began to write their own covers.
First, we explored how different song writers have mixed rap with country music, and the different themes they have sung about in their lyrics. The children's own covers are based on modern day London and what it means to them. We have had many interesting whole class discussions surrounding what is "popular", our local areas, interesting landmarks and our thoughts on current politics and environmental issues. We look forward to taking these first initial ideas and structuring them into a song.
Wow! What a fantastic first week back in our music department. This week, Year 2 have been exploring rhythms, using different parts of their bodies to create lots of interesting sounds. They also started the term by learning a completely new song in just ten minutes! Super stars!