Music

Here at Craneswater, we aim for all children to access a wide range of musical opportunities, in order to develop their musical creativity, confidence and love of music. We believe that all children can be musicians! 

Pupils at Craneswater enjoy weekly whole school singing assemblies that cover a range of songs, styles and themes. Throughout the key stage, our children listen and reflect on different pieces of music; explore different aspects of music such as pitch, rhythm and timbre; use simple notation; explore the social and cultural meaning of music; perform, compose and evaluate simple pieces of music and create a whole year group performance.

 

At Craneswater, the following instrumental and vocal lessons are on offer in small group classes:

Guitar, keyboard, singing, ukulele, violin, woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) and brass (trumpet and others). Instrumental teachers prepare regular pupil performances throughout the year to which parents are invited.

 

Whenever possible, our pupils participate in music workshops, live music performances and concerts.

Pupils at Craneswater got together with other pupils from across the city to celebrate Ceilidh Week. You can watch the highlights in the Portsmouth Music Hub video and photo gallery below. Well done to all the pupils involved for their fantastic contribution to the event!

Overview

Year 3

Autumn

Performance and listening –

Introduction to the music room


Musical focus: finding the pulse, singing and play songs with increasing confidence, listen to and recall sounds, begin to develop an understanding of graphic notation, perform a layered piece of music inspired by the Ancient Egyptians
Cross-curricular link: History

Spring

Performance - Easter production 

Musical focus: ensemble singing increasing confidence, understand the religious meaning Cross curricular link: RE

Summer

Composition - Class orchestra

Musical focus: Explore melodic phrases and rhythm, consider the intended effect of music and identify and classify different instruments.
Cross-curricular link: Geographical locations

Composer – George Gershwin
Listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music, use appropriate musical vocabulary, create their own pieces and perform as an ensemble.

Year 5

Autumn
 

Composer – Hans Zimmer


Listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music, use appropriate musical vocabulary, improvise their own pieces of music and perform as an ensemble.

 

Performance - Christmas production
 

Musical focus: ensemble singing with confidence and precision, develop an understanding of the context of music

Cross curricular link: RE


Spring


Listening - Solar System


Musical focus: understand how pulse, rhythm and pitch work together, improvisation, appraisal of music and historical context (Gustav Holst)
 

Cross-curricular link: Science


Summer


Composition - At the movies
 

Musical focus: social and cultural meaning of music, history and context, lyric writing and song structure, compose and evaluate pieces

Cross-curricular link: Literacy

Year 4

Autumn

Performance - Harvest production 

Musical focus: ensemble singing with confidence, performance appraisal 
Cross-curricular link: RE

Composer – Ravi Shankar
Listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music, use appropriate musical vocabulary, improvise their own pieces of music and perform as an ensemble.

Spring

Environment unit 

Musical focus: understand timbre, evaluate music, and compose a short piece. 
Cross curricular link: Science

Summer

Pitch - Around the world 
Musical focus: pitch, follow simple notation, explore pentatonic melodies and syncopated rhythms, learn that the dimensions of music are the same across the world 
Cross-curricular link: Geography

Year 6

Autumn
 

Ukulele
 

Musical focus: perform in an ensemble, play an instrument with increasing accuracy, fluency/control, beat & syncopation, rhythm skills & notation (chords)

 

Notation - Graphic scores

 

Musical focus: Research a great composer, appreciation of historical context, creating graphic scores, developing a deeper understanding of the history and context of music.

 

Spring

Song writing

Musical focus: improvise & compose, developing a deeper understanding of the history and context of music, evaluating how purpose affects the way a piece of music sounds and composing within a given structure. (Macbeth, musical theatre, rap)

 

Cross-curricular link: Literacy

 

Summer

 

Composer - Delia Derbyshire

Musical focus: Listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music, use appropriate musical vocabulary, create their own pieces using technology and perform as an ensemble.

 

Performance - Leavers

 

Musical focus: perform as ensemble with full confidence and precision, develop an understanding of the context of music

Cross-curricular link: PSHE