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Grangetown Primary

Music

Welcome to MusicWeekly music lessons take place in our large Community Room which is ideal for whole-class music making. The room is well-resourced with lots of musical instruments that are used throughout our music curriculum.

Click the + sign next to each month, below, to see what our young musicians have been up to this year!

February

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This has been a busy month for Music at Grangetown. Year 1 composed some 2 bar rhythms, and have learned about tempo and how it affects the feel of a piece of music. Year 2, have been getting really good at playing 2 note melodies on the glockenspiel. Year 3 got started learning the note A on the recorder, which they will continue with this half term. Year 4 have continued their work on folk songs, learning a new one from Ghana then playing the melody on glockenspiels. Year 5 have been drumming, learning a piece called “Calypso Soley Leve”. Year 6 are learning some chords on the ukulele - they have also got really good at learning how to hold a pick!

January

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We’ve been very busy this half term in Music. KS1 have been busy learning about dynamics and tempo, moving to songs at different tempos and controlling the volume at which we play instruments. They have also learnt to sing some great songs like “Cobbler Cobbler” and “Pretty Little Trees”, recognising which notes from the musical alphabet are in the songs. The children have played djembes, glockenspiels, claves and chime bars in large ensembles and pairs. KS2 have been going full steam ahead with their learning. Year 4 have been learning folk songs from around the world, as well as doing some graphic notation. Y3 have learnt about counting in 3/4 and how three beats can be really effective in music. They have also learnt how to sing songs such as My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean. Syncopation is on the menu in Y5, learning how to play in between the beats, and Y6 have started a tour of the world of harmony and are building up to learning some chords and arpeggios. 

December

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To finish the year in music children have enjoyed learning about Christmas songs and musical traditions. Years 1 and 2 have been transported into the world of The Nutcracker and have performed dance and musical accompaniments to the famous piece of music by Tchaikovsky. In Year’s 3 and 4, children have enjoyed creating Christmas rhythms and performing them on different percussion instruments. In Year’s 5 and 6, children have had fun creating their own song versions of The 12 Days of Christmas. Some of our favourites were, ‘The 12 Days of Chocolate ‘and ‘The 12 Days of Fast Food’. The choir have also enjoyed performing songs in the school KS2 Christmas singing event. Well done a great term of music. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mrs Mavin.

November

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In Music we have been learning all about the elements of music. Children have enjoyed composing songs and raps in Year 6. In Year 1 and 2, we have been learning about how the dynamics can change a piece of music. Children have created compositions using percussion instruments and their voices. In Year 3 and 4, children have enjoyed learning all about drumming rhythms. Year 5 have enjoyed listening to music, which represents different emotions. They have learnt all about how music creates the mood for film scenes. The choir has started and they have had a great time learning new singing techniques. 

October

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In Music we have been listening to songs with an autumn and Halloween Theme. Children have enjoyed composing Halloween songs and raps. In Year 1 and 2, we have continued learning about beats and rhythms. Children have created compositions using percussion instruments matching rhythms to Halloween phrases and words. In Year 3 and 4, children have enjoyed learning Halloween songs and adding their own spooky sound effects. Year 5 have started to learn the recorder and have found out all about the History of the Recorder Instrument. In Year 6 they have listened to the music ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ by Peer Gynt.  They have learnt all about how dynamics help create atmosphere in music and supports telling a story. A fantastic first half-term in music!

September

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In music, we have been listening to different songs and finding the beat. In year 1 and 2, the children learned how to keep a steady beat and control their instruments when playing along to familiar songs. In year 3, the children have talked about all the musical elements and performed these on a variety of percussion instruments. In year 4, the children have enjoyed using percussion instruments to explore and create sounds using graphic scores to represent a rain storm. Year 5 have started to learn the recorder and are beginning to recognise music notation to help them play tunes. The year 6 children have started their music learning looking at rhythms and have enjoyed creating their own rhythmic patterns on the Djembe Drum. All classes have enjoyed learning to sing some of Mrs Mavin’s favourite songs especially the Doodling song. A great start to the year in Music.