Year 6 Rationale
‘Happy’ is the song taught in the first term. The style of the song is Pop. Children start each lesson by listening and appraising a different song in the style of Pop. 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 5. 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 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.
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 2’ which builds on learning from Year 5 when children completed ‘Classroom Jazz 1’. The children learn about the language of music through playing the Glockenspiel. The songs the children learn to play are ‘Bacharach Anorak’ and ‘Meet The Blues’. 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.
‘A New Year Carol’ is a Classical or Urban Gospel 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 full song and improvising the song.
‘You’ve Got A Friend’ is the song learnt which is in the style of Pop. 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, playing the instrument, improvising and composing the song.
‘Music And Me’ is the unit for Summer 1. This unit allows children to explore the concept of identity. In this unit, the focus is on gender, with reference to social and cultural differences. Children create their own music inspired by their identity and women in the music industry. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in different styles of music. Over the weeks, children watch videos about music artists and discuss the key words and themes that arise. Children progress through the weeks by working in small groups to write and perform their own music.
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.