Autumn 1 – On this Island: British Sounds and Sound
As musicians, we learned to sing a traditional British folk song and create a seaside soundscape using our voices, bodies and instruments. After singing the folk song 'Lavender's Blue', we consider what we might see and hear in the British countryside, and perform a countryside soundscape. After singing 'London Bridge is falling down', we try to recreate the sounds they might hear in the city, using a city image as inspiration. Working in groups, we choose a setting (seaside, countryside or city) for which to compose our piece of music. Finally, we combined our learning from the previous lessons to compose a piece of music that takes them on a journey through Britain, from the seaside to the countryside to the city.
Autumn 2 - Dynamics, timbre, tempo and motifs (Theme = Space)
As musicians, we have been developing our knowledge and understanding of dynamics, timbre, tempo and instruments as well as learning to compose and play motifs. In the first lesson we used our voices to make sounds to represent space, creating atmosphere by using dynamics. Then we listened to space-inspired music, and responded creatively by drawing what they hear and then identifying the dynamics, instruments and mood of the pieces of music. We then compared two pieces of music by the same composer, using our developing musical vocabulary to explain differences and changes in tempo, dynamics, timbre and the instruments used. In the fourth lesson, we played and created motifs (short sequences of sound), notating or writing down their compositions. Finally, we combined our soundscapes from Lesson 1 with our motifs from Lesson 4 to create and perform a longer piece of music.
Spring 1 - West African Call and Response Song (Theme: Animals)
As musicians, the children started this term by using instruments to replicate some of Africa’s most notorious animal sounds and experimenting with the variations of timbre. Then the children went on a safari around the classroom listening to drumming music and learning to clap back the animal rhythms in time to the music. They also had the opportunity to learn a traditional Ghanaian call and response song called ‘Che Che Kule’. To develop their rhythmic response pupils were given examples of ‘calls’ to which they beat the ‘response’, using an instrument; they then worked together to invent their own animal call and responses, recording their notations. Finally, the children used musical instrument to play their call and response song. Pupils focussed on improving the sounds they made by varying the dynamics. To finish up it was time for the performance to their peers.