Year 5 Rationale
‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ is the song learnt in the first term. The style of the song is Rock. Children start each lesson by listening and appraising a different song in the style of Rock. 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 4. 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). Week 3 involves improvising the song. Weeks 4-6 focusses 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.
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 ‘Classroom Jazz 1’ which introduces the children to learning about the language of music through playing the Glockenspiel. The songs the children learn to play are ‘Three Note Bossa’ and ‘Five Note Swing’. As the weeks’ progress, the children learn to improvise the song using the instrument. Children learn to play the notes using the note names in written form, building on their learning from last year.
‘Make You Feel My Love’ is a Pop Ballad song which the children learn in Spring 1. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in the same style of music they are learning. 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 Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ is the song learnt which is in the style of Hip Hop. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in the same style of music they are learning. Children learn to play the glockenspiel or recorder in this unit. Children progress through the weeks by learning to sing the song, play the instrument (glockenspiel/recorder), improvise and compose the song.
‘Dancing In The Street’ is a song learnt in the style of Motown. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in the style of Motown. 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, play the instrument (glockenspiel/recorder), improvise and compose 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 5 are built upon next year.