St Josephs Catholic Primary School

Curriculum Map Music 2016 – 2017

 

Early Years

 

Autumn
1

Autumn
2

Spring
1

Spring
2

Summer
1

Summer
2

Reception

Using
Music Express

 

Topic: Special
People

Music focus: Beat
and tempo

This unit helps children to develop
a positive sense of themselves, to form relationships and respect for others,
as well as developing social skills and the ability to manage their feelings.

 

Topic: Stories
and Sounds

Music focus: Structure

This unit encourages children to
link sounds and letters together and to begin to read and write, by using a
variety of reading materials such as books, poems and chants.

 

Topic: Going
Places

Music focus: Pitch

This unit provides children with
opportunities to experience a rich language environment through speaking and listening,
and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

 

Topic: Moving
patterns

Music focus: Structure

This unit provides children with
opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding
and using numbers, and calculating simple addition and subtraction problems.
Children are also encouraged to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

 

Topic: Working
world

Music focus: Texture

This unit guides children in making
sense of their physical world and their communities. The unit provides
opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places,
technology and the environment.

 

Topic: Our
Senses

Music focus: Timbre

This unit enables children to
explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. It also provides
them with opportunities for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings
through art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

 

 

Key Stage One


 

Autumn
1

Autumn
2

Spring
1

Spring
2

Summer
1

Summer
2

Year
One

Using
Music Express

 

Topic: Ourselves

Music focus: Pitch

Children explore ways of using
their voices expressively. They develop skills of singing while performing
actions, and create an expressive story.

 

Topic: Machines

Music focus: Beat,
rhythm

Children explore beat through using
movement, body percussion and instruments. They combine a steady beat with
word rhythms, and explore changes in tempo.

 

Topic: Storytime

Music focus: Tempo,
dynamics

Children learn how music can be
used to tell a story. They identify contrasts of fast and slow, loud and
quiet, leading to a performance.

 

Topic: Pattern

Music focus: Beat,
metre

Children develop an understanding
of metre – groupings of steady beat – through
counting, body percussion and reading scores.

 

Topic: Weather

Music focus: instruments

Children use voices, movement and
instruments to explore different ways that music can be used to describe the
weather.

 

Topic: Water

Music focus: Dynamics,
Tempo, Timbre, Glissando)

Children use voices, movement and
instruments to explore changes of pitch. They develop a performance with
different vocal pitch shapes and tuned percussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year
Two

Using
Music Express

 

Topic: Toys

Music focus: Beat

Children move and play to a steady
beat and sequences of sounds, and learn to control changing tempo as they
take a scooter ride.

 

Nativity play

Children
learn the songs from the nativity from memory and incorporate these into
rehearsals for the final production.

 

Topic: Number

Music focus: timbre,
beat

Children explore steady beat and
rhythm patterns. They play beats and patterns from Renaissance Italy to West
Africa, and create their own with body percussion, voices and instruments.

 

Topic: Seasons

Music focus: Pitch

Children develop understanding of
pitch through movement, songs and listening games. They become familiar with
pitch shapes and perform them in a variety of musical arrangements.

 

Topic: Pattern

Music focus: Texture,
structure

Using simple notations, children
play, create and combine mini-beast rhythms using body percussion and
instruments.

 

Topic: Water

Music focus: Pitch

Children sing and play a variety of
pitch shapes, using movement and reading from scores. They create a class
composition which describes the sounds and creatures of a pond.

 

 

Key Stage Two

 

Autumn
1

Autumn
2

Spring
1

Spring
2

Summer
1

Summer
2

Year
Three

Using
Music Express

 

Topic:
Environment

Music focus: Composing

Songs and poems about places are
used to explore music. Children create accompaniments and sound pictures to
reflect sounds in their local environment.

 

Topic:
Sounds

Music focus: Sounds

Explores how instruments can be
classified according to the sounds they produce. Music from around the world
introduces the children to different timbres and structures as they create musical
conversations.

 

 

Topic:
China

Music focus: Pitch

Explores the pentatonic scale
through traditional Chinese music. Children explore different ways of
notating pitch as they sing, read and compose music, ending with a musical
celebration of Chinese New Year.

 

Topic:
In the Past

Music focus: pitch

The origins of pitch notations are
introduced as children make hand signals and compose three-note melodies.
They learn basic dance steps and prepare a performance.

 

 

Topic:
Human Body

Music focus: Structure

Skeleton dances and songs teach
children about the human body. Percussion instruments are used to improvise,
create word rhythms, and build a final skeleton dance.

 

 

Topic:
Ancient Worlds

Music focus: Structure

Children explore Ancient Greece
with music inspired by Theseus, Orpheus and Echo. They perform a song cycle
and a round, and compose their own ostinati.

 

Year
Four

Using
Music Express

 

Topic:
Poetrty

Music focus: Performing

Children develop performances of
contrasting poems. They use their voices to speak expressively and
rhythmically, and discover ways to create ostinati
and accompaniments to enhance their performances.

 

Topic:
Recycling 

Music focus: Structure

Provides an opportunity for
children to be creative and make their own instruments from junk. They use
these instruments to improvise, compose and play junk jazz music in a variety
of different musical structures.

 

 

Topic:
Building

Music focus: Tempo

Building-themed songs allow
children to explore different music textures. Children use layers and rondo
structure to combine ostinati using body percussion
and tuned instruments.

 

 

Topic:
Ancient Worlds

Music focus: Structure

Children celebrate achievements of
the ‘Amazing Egyptians’. They explore 20th Century minimalist music inspired
by the story of Akhenaten and compose music using a layered pyramid
structure.

 

 

Topic:
Communication

Music focus: Composition

Children create a news programme complete with theme music and school news
headlines. Using songs and raps, this musical news bulletin will alert the
school to the burning issues of the day!

 

 

Topic:
In the past 

Music focus: Notation

Children create a news programme complete with theme music and school news
headlines. Using songs and raps, this musical news bulletin will alert the
school to the burning issues of the day!

 

Year
Five

Using
Music Express

 

 

 

Topic:
Our Community

Music focus: Performing

The song Jerusalem is the basis for looking at changes
through time. Children are given opportunities to compose and perform music
inspired by their local community, past and present.

 

 

Topic:
Solar System

Music focus: Listening

Embarks on a musical journey
through the solar system, exploring how our universe inspired composers
including Debussy, Holst and George Crumb. Children learn a song, and compose
pieces linked to space.

 

 

Topic:
Life Cycles

Music focus: Structure

Children explore the human life
cycle with music from Brahms, Berio, Liszt and
Monteverdi. The wide variety of musical moods, styles and genres inspires
singing, performing and composing using new techniques and structures.

 

 

Topic:
Keeping Healthy

Music focus: Beat

From body-popping and
gospel-singing skeletons to swimming and cycling, children are taken through
their paces and put together a performance using new musical techniques.

 

 

Topic:
At the movies

Music focus: Composing

Children explore movie music from
1920s animated films to present day movies. They learn techniques for
creating soundtracks and film scores, and compose their own movie music.

 

Summer Play  

Children
learn the structure of songs in the musical theatre genre, learning to
perform songs in the Summer Play from memory and with attention to stylistic
detail.

Year
Six

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performing
Together

Children
expand their knowledge of sound sources use this to take part in class
performances with confidence, expression and control.

 

Carol Service

Children
learn to sing and harmonise a variety of Christmas songs and carols that
align with each part of the nativity. They perform these songs from memory at
the carol service.

 

Ukulele 1

Children
develop their ability to hold and control the ukulele, read chord notation,
simplify movements between chords and perform songs with a variety of
strumming patterns.

 

Ukulele 2

Children
develop their ability to hold and control the ukulele, read chord notation,
simplify movements between chords and perform songs with a variety of
strumming patterns.

 

Film Music

Children
identify and explore how music reflects and enhances the visual imagery of
film. They manipulate the musical concepts to compose and perform a theme for
a specific genre of film.

 

 

Summer Play  

Children
learn the structure of songs in the musical theatre genre, learning to
perform songs in the Summer Play from memory and with attention to stylistic
detail.