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Learning Music

Music is taught in each year group. As a school we have many staff who are very keen musicians, they enhance the curriculum by sharing this enthusiasm with the children. Every two years the whole school take part in a musical. These have included Mary Poppins and Joseph.

The school teaches a variety of modules on a termly or half termly basis. All modules are linked in with the individual classes main topics.


Year 3

Egyptian Music-Learning about how Egyptians made music and how music fitted into the Egyptian culture, making our own Egyptian shakers (sistrums), composing music for snakes and pyramids, analysing Egyptian pieces of music using musical language.

Superhero Music-Graphic score, composition for Superhero stories, analysing theme tunes, singing and performing Superhero theme tunes.

Music for weddings-Listening to a variety of romantic music and analysing it, singing first dance wedding songs, performing Wedding March on glockenspiels and xylophones. To sum up the unit students will compose their own piece of music for a wedding.

Animal Music-learning about how pieces of music made, learning and clapping rhythms, composing using animal sounds, performing various songs, creating our own musical animal zoo based on Carnival of the Animals (a piece from the Romantic era by Camille Saint-Saens).


Year 4

Viking music-Students learn about timbre and how you can use different instruments to make different sounds. Students also use other less conventional musical instruments such as paper and card to make sounds. Students compose a piece of music to go with a story about a storm and also perform a song in a Viking long boat formation. Importantly, students also learn to read standard notation in this module and create their own musical scores.


Indian music-Students compose their own tintal (a type of Indian music) and create an information booklet on the instruments and musical traditions of India, performing drones. They also learn about the life cycle of an Indian man and how this is reflected in Indian music.


Singing-Students learn how to train their voices and also how to sing with confidence with increasing pitch and rhythmic awareness. Students sing a variety of songs from modern pop and  rock to 60's and 70's musics, old school rounds and choral songs.


Tudor music- Students learn various, tudor madrigals (non religious musical poems). Students also  compose their own madrigals. Pupils learn the words and the tune to Greensleeves and create a class performance of this with drama. Students also use glockenspiels and other instruments to create a piece of linear tudor music.


Year 5


Murder, Mystery and Mayhem (music and drama)-students watch murder mysteries and analyse the music. Students learn a variety of techniques to create suspense to go with the actions in a play. As a final product, young learners create their own murder mystery play and then team up with another group to compose a full piece of musical theatre with and 'orchestral pit.' We then record and assess these.


Celtic music, stage 1-students learn about Celtic and folk music and Celtic instruments, watching examples of virtuoso instrumentalists on penny whistle, bodhran, bagpipe and accordion. Pupils also learn about different musical structures and time signatures. All students learn how to play the penny whistle and how to play the Ludlow Junior Jig on this instruments, creating a good tone and pitch awareness.


Toys R Us-adverts and jingles- After gathering ideas from various television and radio jingles, Year 5 pupils create their own toy and their own jingle to advertise it. They then put both the music and the advert together to create a finished television style advert.

 Ice Age Music-We discuss and watch film music at length in this unit, in order to create our own piece of music to go with a clip from Ice Age or Happy Feet. Students compose their own piece of music to go with a clip from the film of their choosing. We also perform songs like Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice) and Percy the Pale Faced Polar Bear (a popular scouting tune) as a group with singing and rap.

Year 6

World War II-students listen to a wide variety of marches and jazz. They learn how to scat sing and make up their own scats to jazz backing tracks. Students also learn about the instruments and time signatures of march music and create their own marches with army style signals and percussion instruments.

Celtic Music, stage 2-Students further develop their tone and music reading on the penny whistle and glockenspiels by playing jigs and reels to an even higher standard. An after school club begins for a term after this unit where year 5 and 6 students are able to put their new skills to the test by creating a schoool Ceiledh band.

Space Music-

In addition Shropshire Music Service offer lessons for different instruments. There is a fee for this which is usually between £6 and £8 per lesson. The children are usually in small groups which makes the cost considerably less than is commonly charged for private lessons.

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