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Music at Heston Primary School

  • Music Curriculum Progression

    Each half-term, the children engage with a new and exciting unit of work, and the units of work are chosen carefully and placed at specific times of the year in order to maximise the potential of maintaining a clear progression of skills. Some examples of Units of work would be the following:

    Year 1

    Rhythm and Pulse

    • Students learn to sing confidently and with more control
    • Students learn to hear their own mistakes and improve on them
    • Students learn how to clap different rhythms and explore their own bodies for making body percussion​

    Year 2

    Orchestral Instruments

    • Students learn the names and sounds of all orchestral instruments, and get to experience the power of classical music
    • Students will begin to think like composers themselves, having the chance to create their own musical ideas and share them with the class

    Year 3

    Chinese New Year

    • Students learn about Chinese traditional music, learn the names of different instruments and their sounds, and get to express themselves in a safe space as they move to music
    • Students create dragon masks and prepare for a performance of Chinese music, using the instruments in the resource room​

    Year 4

    Polyrhythms and Notation

    • Students learn how to read sheet music, and perform simple songs on xylophones and glockenspiels
    • Students get a chance to compose their own melodies on Google Music Maker/Song Maker, learn to record them using staff notation, and perform them on glockenspiels and pianos​

    Year 5

    South African Music

    • ​Students learn how to sing traditional African Songs
    • Students learn to perform different rhythms on African Djembe and how to play together and listen to each other
    • Students are given the tools by the teacher to work autonomously in groups, inspiring their own creativity and leadership skills

    Year 6

    Musical Theatre

    • Students learn what music theatre is and can identify three features of this kind of music.
    • Students learn about  how songs can be categorised as action or character songs
    • Students learn how to select appropriate music for their scene to tell the story of a journey.
    • Students learn to perform in time with their groups, ensuring smooth transitions between spoken dialogue, singing and dancing.

    Each unit of work is assessed, and video footage is taken throughout the units and compiled securely in order to carefully track the progress and engagement of each individual from one unit to the next and from one year to the next. The ultimate aim is to inspire children with a love of music in its many forms and to explore their own creativity which will stay with them long after they graduate in Year 6.

National Curriculum

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Music Aims

At Heston Primary School we aim to inspire a love of music, whilst developing children’s talent as musicians and performers. By equipping our learners with the core principles of music, children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement is nurtured. They develop an appreciation for the diversity of music, and the significance of music throughout history and as an integral part of different cultures around the world. As pupils explore their own musicality, they are enabled to create thoughtful compositions, and critically engage with the music of others.

Our Music Curriculum

Our Music curriculum, which is underpinned by the National Curriculum, enables children to express themselves as composers, performers, improvisers and communicators. We use and adapt the Kapow scheme to ensure our Music curriculum is diverse and exciting. In Music lessons, children use a wide variety of tuned and percussion instruments, including: djembe, bongos, congas, Brazilian samba drum sets, a gathering drum, glockenspiels, recorders, and ukuleles and keyboard pianos. There are opportunities to sing, and to develop an understanding of music compositional features. In addition to our curriculum offer, we also provide children with the opportunity to further develop their passion for music through after-school clubs such as keyboard and guitar. We offer whole-class instrument lessons and promote links with the wider community in order to share our musical talents through performance.

For more information about our Music Curriculum, please contact the school office; we will provide you with our subject matrices and knowledge organisers for this area. Other details around our curriculum activities and offer, can be accessed by parents/carers on HestonLink (school's online learning platform).

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