Year 3 Rationale
‘Let Your Spirit Fly’ is the song learned in the first term. The style of the song is RnB. Within the unit, children learn about RnB and other styles of music. Children start each lesson by listening and appraising a different song in different styles of music. They answer questions about the style of music using musical vocabulary. Examples of the questions are: Do you like the song? What can you hear? What is the style of the music? How is the song put together? The same questions are asked each week to different songs so children can build up their understanding of the questions, compare different songs and use the correct musical vocabulary.
Children then take part in warm up games (including vocal warm-ups) focusing on pulse, rhythm and pitch building on previous learning in Year 2. Each week is progressive, with children learning new skills each week. Week 1 involves learning to sing the song. Week 2 involves learning to play an instrument (glockenspiel/recorder), using notes (C, F and G). Week 3 involves improvising the song. Weeks 4-6 focus on composing with the song. The learning from previous weeks is recapped at the beginning of the following lesson. The last stage of the lesson is the children performing what they have learned in the lesson.
The Unit of Work for Autumn 2 is ‘lighter’ in content giving opportunity for children to learn Christmas songs for the School Christmas Performance. The children complete the unit ‘Stage 1 Glockenspiel’ which introduces the children to learning about the language of music through playing the Glockenspiel. The learning is focused around exploring and playing tunes in different styles. As the weeks’ progress, the children learn new notes on the instrument. Children learn to play the notes using the note names, then they learn to play it from memory and then they learn how notes are written. After completing this unit, children have the chance to build on their learning in the following terms.
‘Three Little Birds’ is a Reggae song which the children learn in Spring 1. The unit of work focuses on Reggae and animals. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in the style of Reggae. Children learn about the interrelated dimensions of music by completing the warm-up games (including vocal warm-ups). Children progress through the weeks by learning to sing the song, playing the instrument (glockenspiel/recorder), improvising and composing the song.
‘The Dragon Song’ is the song learned which is in the style of Pop that tells a story. This is a song about kindness, respect, friendship, acceptance and happiness. The main learning for this unit of work is; Music from around the world, celebrating our differences and being kind to one another. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different traditional tunes/Folk melodies from around the world. The Dragon Song is a lengthy song so children spend more time singing along with it than completing other musical activities. Children learn to play the glockenspiel or recorder along to the song.
‘Bringing Us Together’ is a song learned in the style of Disco. The unit theme is focused on Disco, friendship, hope and unity. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in the style of Disco. Children complete the warm up games every lesson which focus on the Interrelated Dimensions of Music. Children progress through the weeks by learning to sing the song, playing the instrument (glockenspiel/recorder), improvising and composing the song.
During this half-term, children complete the ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’ part of the scheme. This allows children to consolidate their learning of the whole scheme of work taught in the year. During the listen and appraise section, children listen to Classical music. During this unit they learn about the history of music and learn some of the language of music. The Interrelated Dimensions of Music learned in Year 3 are built upon next year.