Maple class have been alternating their ukulele lessons with music curriculum lessons linked to their topic of Ancient Greeks this term. They have been introduced to different repertoire based on the BBC story of the Heroes of Troy and the children have been able to comment on these pieces using musical terminology successfully. The children have gained a better understanding of pitch this term and they were able to identify differences in certain phrases in the song, ‘Is it Love?’ from the Heroes of Troy. They also tried to play varying pitches on their ukuleles reading musical notation on the stave. Year 5 have revisited ukulele hand positions, string names and chord positions this term as well as learning new rest strokes. Through the use of body percussion and rhythmic games, Maple Class are becoming more confident when playing different rhythms and demonstrated this when they performed their own rhythmic compositions to their peers on the ukulele.
It is very exciting to be back teaching music to Sycamore and Maple class again this term. The children will be introduced to The Firebird by Stravinsky, linked to the BBC Ten Pieces project. They will enjoy exploring how the characters and plot of this Russian Folk Tale are described through Stravinsky’s music and they will also compare other closely linked musical versions. The children will develop their listening skills and reflect on particular recorded pieces of music, considering how musical elements such as timbre, tempo, dynamics and pitch are used and changed by composers for particular effects. They will have lots of opportunities to improvise and compose this term, drawing upon ideas used by Stravinsky and creating their own motifs and tunes for a particular purpose. Both classes will develop their rhythm and staff notation skills using tuned/untuned instruments and we look forward to seeing the children build their confidence in performing as a soloist and as an ensemble.