Autumn 1 2022 : Happy (Neo Soul)
This term, Year 6 have been learning to appraise, perform and innovate the Neo Soul song 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams. We carried out lots of appraisals of similar songs on the theme of HAPPINESS. We then rehearsed and performed the song in chorus.
We also used stave music to play an accompaniment on glockenspiels. We learned how to read the notes A and G and how to read notes of different beats on the staff/stave.
Autumn 2 2022 : Classroom Jazz
This term, Year 6 have been learning to appraise, perform and innovate different pieces of jazz music.
We revised what we learned about using symbols and the stave to read notation and played a simple accompaniment. During the bridge section, we innovated a simple improvisation, using the riffs and licks from the song.
Spring 2023 : A New Year Carol (Urban Gospel)
This term, Year 6 have been learning to appraise, perform and sing A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten. This linked through our creative curriculum to our topic, World War 2.
We listened to the original and then compared the Urban Gospel version and then over several sessions, learned to perform it. We had to revise the term pitch and learn to pitch our voices as this song was quite high!
Year 6 (2021-22)
Autumn 2: Into the Trenches
Learn the history of music hall music and perform ‘Pack up your Troubles’ in chorus.
This term, as part of their topic on World War 1, Year 6 explored the background and importance of music hall in the early 20th century. We appraised a variety of songs including "it's a Long Way to Tipperary" and "Keep the Home Fires Burning." We learned the lyrics to "Pack up your Troubles! and sang in chorus.
We tried to control our breathing, posture and sound projection, singing with expression. We know now that mood can be changed with music and lyrics to certain songs. Do you like it?
Spring 1: World War 2
Read the sheet music for the National Anthem and play on tuned instruments.
This term, we celebrated both the Platinum Jubilee and the Queen's wartime work as a mechanic. We learned how to read notation on a stave or staff and used an app to play the National Anthem.
We have also sent a letter to the Queen telling her about what we have been doing and wishing her well on her 70 years!
Summer 1: Titanic
Perform Wellerman and innovate and perform our own sea shanty
As part of our work on the Titanic disaster, we learned the history of the sea shanty and the popularisation of them again on TikTok during the Covid 19 pandemic. We studied and performed Wellerman by Nathan Evans and then innovated our own.