Music at Grove


Year 1

Timbre and rhythmic patterns

Through fairy tales, children have been introduced to timbre. They have learned that different sounds can represent characters and key moments in a story. They explored clapping along to the syllables of words and phrases before creating rhythmic patterns to tell a familiar fairy tale.


Year 2

Dynamics, timbre, tempo and motifs

In this topic pupils developed their knowledge and understanding of dynamics, timbre, tempo and instruments, identifying these elements in music and comparing pieces by the same composer. They visually represented music in creative and more formal ways and learned to play and compose motifs.


Year 3

Pentatonic melodies and composition

Using the story of Chinese New Year as a stimulus, pupils: revise key musical terminology, play and create pentatonic melodies, compose a piece of music in a group using layered melodies and finally perform their finished pieces.


Year 4

Haiku, music and performance

In Year 4, the children looked at the Japanese springtime festival of Hanami, which celebrates the fleeting beauty of spring flowers. The children used descriptive vocabulary to create a Haiku, they put it to music and finally added percussion sound effects to bring all elements together before a final, group performance.


Year 5

Welsh National Opera

Year 6

Film Music

In Year 6, children have been exploring and identifying the characteristics of film music. They have created a composition and graphic score to perform alongside a film.


Autumn 2


Year 1

Classical music, dynamics and tempo

In year 1, children have been using their bodies and instruments to listen and respond to pieces of classical music that represent animals.

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Year 2

Orchestral instruments

In Autumn 2, the children in year 2 have been introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and practice identifying these within a piece of music.

For their Music Festival this term, the children in 2 Green made links between music and their history topic of the term, The Great Fire of London. In 2 Red the children used what they learnt in the previous term about African call and response song for their performance and for 2 Yellow it was all about Christmas with a fantastic rendition of Jingle Bells. 

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Year 3 

Creating compositions in response to an animation

In Autumn 2, year 3 have been listening to music and considering the narrative it could represent. Thinking carefully about the dynamics, pitch and tempo and how they change.

Year 3 have also made fantastic progress in recorders this term.

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Year 4

Rock and Roll

This term the children in year 4 have been learning about the origin and features of rock and roll music. The children then took this knowledge and wrote their own versions of popular rock and roll songs as part of their Music Festival.

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In year 4 the children have also continued learning to play the ukulele and have made fantastic progress. 

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Year 5


In year 5, children have been introduced to this famous genre of music and its history, and have learnt to identify the key features and mood of blues music and its importance and purpose. The children have also continue to develop their singing through Welsh National Opera sessions. 

For their Music Festival this term, the children in 5 Green used their new learning of blues music to give their own interpretation of Marcia Ball's So Many Rivers. In 5 Red, the children used what they had learnt from the Welsh National Opera for their performance of The Party Song (Hoorah). 5 Yellow's performance of Lean on Me included a fantastic introduction by a child on the piano. 

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Year 6

Dynamics, pitch and texture

This term in year 6, the children have been appraising the work of Mendelssohn and further developing the skills of improvisation and composition.

For their Music Festival this term, the children in year 6 have made connections between their music focus and their geography topic of this term, natural disasters. Using both percussion instruments and body percussion, the children explored dynamics, pitch and texture using volcanoes and thunderstorms as an influence. 

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Autumn 1

Year 1

All about me: pulse and rhythm


Year 1 have said and clapped a rhythm. They can clap in time to music and they know what pulse is.  They can hear rhythmic patterns and have repeated short rhythmic patterns They have played in time to the music.




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Year 2

Autumn 1

Animals - African call and response song


Year 2 have been thinking about tempo and dynamics and the noises animals make.  They have learnt call and response rhythms and songs.

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Year 3 

Autumn 1

Ballads and recorders

Year 3 have started to learn the recorder.  They have listened to and learnt ballads and created lyrics for their own ballad based on the Pixar short 'Soar'.





Year 4

Rainforests - body and tuned percussion and ukulele

Year 4 have started to learn the ukulele.  They have learnt the parts of the ukulele and the names of the strings.  They have also used body percussion to create layers of sound to represent the sounds of the rainforest.


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Year 5

Autumn 1

Ancient Egypt - composition notation 


Your 5 have been singing.  They have learnt an Egyptian song following a melody and using musical notation.  They have also had a weekly music lesson with the Welsh National Opera. 



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Year 6

Autumn 1

Advanced rhythms


Year 6 can talk about the work of Zoltan Kodaly. They can talk about rhythms. They have said and clapped a variety of rhythms. Pupils have performed complex actions in time with the pulse and can talk about the difference between pulse and rhythm. They have notated rhythm and clapped a complex rhythm and know the number of beats in a bar.  They have followed a rhythm to perform a rhythmic canon and created their own compositions using notation.



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