Music at Grove
Autumn 1 – All About Me: Pulse and Rhythm
In Autumn 1, the children in year 1 have been using their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. In addition to this, the children have said and clapped a rhythm, they can hear rhythmic patterns and they have learnt to play in time to the music.
Autumn 1 – Animals: African Call and Response Songs
In year 2 this term the children have learnt to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. They have experimented with, created, selected and combined sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. They have used their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes and have begun to add dynamics (volume) to a structure of rhythms.
Year 1 and 2 After School Choir Club
The children in KS1 have also had the opportunity to attend a choir after school club this term, given by the Welsh National Opera. Through this they have been introduced to different styles of music as well as develop skills in singing and performing.
Autumn 1 – Ballads
This term the children in year 3 have been looking at ballads. The children can identify the key features of a ballad, understand what a ballad is and can sing in that style. They have learnt the lyrics and tune of a song and performed this using actions.
In year 3 the children have begun learning the string instrument, the ukulele. They have learnt to identify the different parts of the ukulele and the names of the strings.
Autumn 1 – Rainforests: Body and Tuned Percussion
In Autumn 1, the children in year 4 have been focusing on percussion linking to the topic of rainforests. They have developed their musical vocabulary further to include; tempo (speed), dynamics (volume), texture (different layers) and structure (organisation of the piece). The children have also begun composing their own performances using a range of body and tuned percussion.
Developing upon the learning from year 3, the children in year 4 are continuing their learning on the recorder. The children have been working on their understanding of notation and using this to perform a piece and music.
Year 3 and 4 After School Drumming Club
The children in Lower KS2 have also had the opportunity to attend a drumming after school club this term, given by Music Services for Education. Through this the children have developed their understanding of pulse and rhythm and are beginning to play in time as a group.
Autumn 1 – Ancient Egypt: Composition Notation
This term in year 5, the children have begun to look at composition and notation using the theme of Ancient Egypt as a stimulus. The children sung in time with other people and a backing track, following lyrics as they did this. They started to follow a tune. Using their prior knowledge from year 4 the children confidently recognised note names and note length. To end this topic, the children worked as part of a group to compose a piece of music in a particular style and then performed this.
Welsh National Opera
In year 5 the children have also begun their project with the Welsh National Opera. Through this the children have been introduced to a wide range of musical genres and are starting to develop their singing skills in preparation to create their own opera performance.
Autumn 1 – Advanced Rhythms
In Autumn 1, the children in year 6 have been looking at advanced rhythms and the work of Zoltan Kodaly. The children can give a definition of what rhythm is as well as say and clap a variety of rhythms. They can talk about the difference between pulse and rhythm. The children are also beginning to notate rhythm and use this to create their own composition.