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Art and Design

Children build on their skills in art each year.  Units of learning are planned with a focus on a particular skills e.g. tone, pattern etc.   Each year, children will develop their skills of drawing (pencil, charcoal, inks, chalk, pastels), painting, printing, textiles and 3D design.  Children will learn about these skills by studying famous and local artists to improve their own skills in a range of contexts.

 

Children have a wide range of opportunities to explore, make and create throughout the school year.  This is often done in their own sketchbook, which all children use to practice the key skills within each medium before creating their own finished outcomes.  Children are encouraged to be critique each other’s work and to support one another in their learning for art and design.

 

Drama

Each year, every child in the school have opportunities to take part in a class performance.  Children learn performing and singing skills which they can use as part of these performances.  All children take part in the performances where they undertake different roles.

 

Reception perform a rendition of the Christmas nativity whilst years 1 and 2 have their own performance in December.  Years 3 and 4 hold a performance before Easter whilst years 5 and 6 close the year with a Summer production.

 

Dance

Dance is taught every year at Newton Ferrers.  Children build on their skills each year.  When children reach the top of the school, they will have the opportunity to perform at the Ivybridge Community College Gym and Dance performance.

 

Music

We aim to foster confidence and enjoyment through a progressive Music curriculum for all children from foundation to Year 6. Children will build upon their ability to read notation, compose, appraise and perform through listening to high quality music, the playing of a range of musical instruments and the use of their own voices.

 

Appraisal:

Across the Key Stages, children will have the opportunity to appreciate many forms of music from different cultures and historical eras and describe them using the terms pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture. Musical appraisal will take place as a discrete lesson at the start of each term to ensure a range of coverage throughout the year with all year groups appraising the same piece of music.

 

Composition and notation:

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the children will explore a range of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments and begin to create and record their own sound compositions. In lower Key Stage 2, formal musical notation and the notion of reading music will be built upon. At this stage, children will continue to develop an understanding of rhythm and duration through the use of percussion. They will also learn basic notes on the recorder so that they are able to play and create simple melodies. In Upper Key Stage 2, the children will be taught to play chords on the ukulele which will enable them to create more complex compositions involving chords, melody and percussion if desired.

 

Singing:

Singing is an integral part of daily life within our school and features in our acts of daily worship and end of term musical productions. In addition to this, we offer singing as a term’s specific focus for every class throughout the academic year. The children will have opportunities to sing in both solo and ensemble contexts.

 

Listening:

Underpinning our music curriculum, will be the skill of listening which will be developed in each lesson through activities such as singing, call and response, repeating rhythms and melodies, and discussion when appraising music.

 

 

Autumn

Appraisal x2

(Beginning of Aut1 and 2)

Spring

Appraisal x2

(Beginning of Spr1 and 2)

Summer

Appraisal x2 (Beginning of Sum1 and 2)

Suggested instruments used

Suggested vocabulary

Foundation

Action songs

 

Christmas nativity songs

Exploring percussion instruments

Copy rhythms

sort (hit/scrape/shake…)

describe

name instruments

Use with songs - beat

Notation and composition (coloured dots)

Instrument: Handbells

Read notation for known simple songs and play

Record own compositions with coloured dots

egg shakers, tambours, jingle bells, maracas, claves, woodblocks, guiro, handbells

Tempo: Fast Slow

Dynamics: Loud quiet

Pitch: High low

beat

melody

 

Year 1/2

Action songs

 

Christmas play songs

Notation and composition (coloured dots and note name)

Instrument: Glockenspiels

Record own compositions – coloured dots varied height (pitch) and graphic score

Exploring rhythms

Percussion (name instruments)

Copy/say/see rhythms (cards)

ostinato

beat

As F stage +

tambourines, drums, finger cymbals, triangles, kokiriko, hand chimes, glockenspiels, chime bars, xylophone

Tempo: largo/ andante/allegro

Dynamics: piano/ forte

Pitch: High/low

beat

melody

crotchet

quaver

ostinato

 

Year 3/4

Notation/rhythm

*read rhythms

*ostinato

*layering rhythms

Composition – introduce stave/named notes

Percussion

Glockenspiels

 

Singing (parts)

 

End of term play (songs and percussion)

Instrument: recorders

notation, note names, stave, duration

As Y1/2 +

agogos, recorders, chromatic glockenspiels

Tempo: largo/ andante/allegro

Dynamics: piano/ forte

Pitch: High/low

beat

melody/harmony

accompaniment

texture

duration

semibreve

dotted minim

minim

crotchet

quaver

rest

bar

stave

ostinato

Year 5/6

Ukulele songs (sing along)

Tab chords supported by notation (C, F, G, Am)

Major/Minor

Composition and notation

Select and combine sounds and compose, record using Stave/Ukulele tab

 

Singing – part/harmony

 

End of year play

(sing/instruments)

As year 3/4+

ukuleles, keyboards

Tempo: largo/ andante/allegro

Dynamics: piano/ forte

Pitch: High/low

beat

melody/harmony

major/minor

accompaniment

texture

layer

timbre

duration

semibreve

dotted minim

minim

crotchet

quaver

rest

bar

stave

ostinato

 

Singing

Instrument

Composition and notation

Appraisal

Everything is underpinned with listening (activities)

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