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MUSIC AT OUR SCHOOL

Music at St. John's is considered to be a very important part of the curriculum and life of the school - Ofsted March 2010 reported that 'The quality of singing and the orchestra are superb.'

Reception

This half term, Reception children are focussing on learning the difference between beat and rhythm, using classroom percussion and building their confidence singing.  As well as all this, they will be also learning the songs for their Christmas play.

Year 1

Year 1 have been learning a song called 'Rhythm in the Way you Walk' which is helping them learn how to develop their singing voices more and also reinforces the meanings of the different musical dimensions in music of pulse, rhythm and pitch. As well as this they are also busy learning the Christmas songs for their nativity story.

Year 2

Year 2 have begun learning how to play the recorder.  They have enjoyed being introduced to the different pieces of music and playing along to the backing track.  They can all now produce a lovely sounds on the note B and we are working hard to make sure we don't have any squeaks when we move to the other notes.  Year 2 are also very busy learning all their songs for their Christmas Nativity Story.

Year 3

Year 3 have begun learning the first stage of the glockenspiel course this half term.  They are learning to read formal notation by recognising the different lengths of notes and seeing how the notes change when placed on the stave in different positions.  They are also learning how the fundamentals of pulse, rhythm and pitch work together more.

Year 3 will also be preparing for their first Eucharist service this half term and learning the songs that we sing for each Eucharist.

Year 4

Year 4 are developing their musical learning by learning the second stage of the glockenspiel.  They are learning lots of different pieces of music, whilst developing their reading of formal notation. One fo the skills they will be developing is their ability to improvise on the glockenspiel using a set number of notes and making sure that their rhythm and pitch fit on top of the pulse.

Year 5

Year 5 will be following their science learning this half term by looking into music to do with space.  They will learn a song which is all about the sun, listen to music by Gustav Holst called 'The Planets' and will be creating their own space composition, using ideas drawn from the different lessons. Towards the end of the term they will be using a well known book character to create ostinato patterns in their groups.

Year 6

Year 6 will be learning all about music from West Africa this half term. They will draw on the vocal sounds and rich harmonies that are found in West African music and will listen to a selection of music from various countries.  The children will also learn how to play the Djembe and learn about call and response.