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:
Year 4 Music Posters
This week the Year Four classes pulled together their prior knowledge, new knowledge and personal interests to create music posters for the classroom. We discussed everything we thought of when hearing the word “music” from styles of music, instruments and singers through to the Composers of the Week that we have learnt about. Here are a few examples of their work.
Music Education Expo 2020
This week’s website update comes to you from the annual Music and Drama Education Expo! Every year this event brings together hundreds of musicians to share their knowledge and experience of the latest resources and teaching methods. Miss Slocombe attended a variety of talks and workshops from how to manage performance anxiety to building a primary orchestra from scratch. She was also very excited to meet and discuss all things music with Gareth Malone OBE (well known choral animateur, singer, composer and workshop leader) after purchasing his new song book “Bright Star.” She looks forward to sharing her new music resources and knowledge with the school!
Our Year 4 children created their own raps on the theme of anti-bullying. Working in small friendship groups, the children started by sharing their knowledge of what bullying is ("Lots of times and on purpose"), how it can make someone feel and how to prevent it. They then studied a variety of anti-bullying raps and over the course of 6 weeks, added their own unique verses to an existing song. These clips show one group’s performance to their peers. We really liked how they have added their own dance moves and considered how the rhythms of their words should fit in with a backing track.
Anti-bullying rap - video 1
Anti-bullying rap - video 2
Performance skills in Year 2
In music lessons, we are working on our performance skills by sharing what we have learnt that day with the rest of the class. Year Two always take pride in their music making, and it was delightful to be asked by them if they could record a performance of their study song for the website. Here is a video of them performing “I Wanna Play In A Band” by Joanna Mangona.
Year 2 performing!
In our music lessons, we learn a range of skills through different activities. One activity we always include is listening time. In the video clip below, you can see Year One swaying in time to a modern rap song they have been learning. For this particular week, the background music was completely new to the children as many had not heard the Baroque style before. After listening to the music, we then spent some time discussing what we heard using our key music vocabulary.
Year 1 listening work
Folk Music in Year 6
This term, Year 6 are exploring traditional/folk music from England and analysing how current music has formed from many different roots. We discovered that a very old folk song (“When I’m gone”) is sung in the film “Pitch Perfect” which was modernised and altered to include new percussive actions using just a cup. This is one of many examples we discovered along our journey. Here's another example: did you know that the song “Counting Stars” by One Republic was inspired by a little known folk song? Neither did we! We decided to challenge ourselves to learn the song “When I’m Gone” (the cup song) and have a go at the actions! Here are some pictures to show our progress.
This term we are offering instrumental lessons to our Year Four classes, thanks to the wonderful support of our local music hub. We already have flute and clarinet lessons well underway and this week we started violin! It was fantastic to see all our keen and enthusiastic instrumentalists in their first lesson and we cannot wait to showcase their learning in our next concert.
Jazz meets PSHCE!
Last term the children in Year Five and Six focused on jazz music with a PSHCE twist. They were inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” and wrote their own versions of the poem focusing on their own fears and how they could overcome them. They then turned these into performances in the style of Beatnik jazz by reading or rapping over jazz background music.
We have just had our final whole school assembly of 2019, and went out with a bang with our Christmas concert! All the children joined in enthusiastically to sing some well-known Christmas carols.
Reception Christmas Concert
Over the past month, the children in Reeception have worked extremely hard to learn and memorise six songs for their Christmas concert, complete with actions! They all performed with lots of energy and we could hear every word. Well done to all the children who were involved, your adults and teachers are very proud of your hard work!
Christmas is coming!
In the Reception classes, we have been very busy learning lots of Christmas songs for our Christmas concert! We often take movement breaks, thinking about how to listen to the music and move our bodies to the beat. We really enjoy working as a team and having fun singing together.
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!