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Year 6, Unit 1: Water – Lesson 6

Key Learning Objective:  To perform and celebrate compositions. Additional Learning Objective:  To evaluate aspects of final work in relation to musical learning over the term.   Starter activity: Listening and response exercise based on Ravel’s ‘Jeux d’Eau’, discuss how the composer give an impression of water. Main activity: In groups, briefly rehearse the ternary form compositions, using graphic scores […]

Year 6, Unit 1: Water – Lesson 5

Key Learning Objective:  To compose a rhythmic ostinato inspired by engine sounds.     Starter activity: Listening and response exercise based on ‘Connect It’ by Anna Meredith, focus on identifying the ostinato rhythms. Main activity: In groups, work further on their engine pieces. Discuss ways in which groups could combine their rhythms to form a longer piece and or layer […]

Year 6, Unit 1: Water – Lesson 4

Key Learning Objective:  To compose a rhythmic ostinato inspired by engine sounds.     Starter activity: Listening and response exercise based on the provided clip of Titanic’s engine audio. Identify a repeated rhythm that occurs over and over again, pupils to tap one of these rhythms out. Main activity: Collect words or phrases based on the engine sounds […]

Year 6, Unit 1: Water – Lesson 3

Key Learning Objective:  To explore and recognise a variety of dynamics.     Starter activity: Listening and response exercise based on the provided sound clip of waves. Discuss the shape and dynamics created by a wave. Main activity: As a whole class, using percussion instruments, recreate a wave effect with percussion, voices and body percussion. Create a class graphic […]

Year 6, Unit 1: Water – Lesson 2

Key Learning Objective:  To add and maintain a second part to the sea shanty in harmony. Additional Learning Objective:  To explore call and response structure further.   Starter activity: Listening and response exercise based on the Overture ‘The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)’ by Mendelssohn. Focus on how the rolling melodies are reminiscent of the seascape the inspired the […]

Year 6, Unit 1: Water – Lesson 1

Key Learning Objective:  To recognise the call and response structure of a sea shanty.     Starter activity: Listening and response activity using the video clip of ‘Take her to Sea, Mr Murdoch’. Explore how the music enhances the understanding of film. Main activity: Introduce the concept of a Sea shanty using the song, ‘Yeave Ho’. Pupils to learn […]

Year 5, Unit 1: Air – Lesson 6

Key Learning Objective:  To perform, evaluate and celebrate the composition created this term.   Starter activity: Vocal warm up with aircraft sounds, going to the extremes of high and low register, working on dynamic contrasts. Then perform ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ as a class and record. Main activity: Performing and evaluation, each group to rehearse and […]

Year 5, Unit 1: Air – Lesson 5

Key Learning Objective:  To refine and improve our compositions for the Air Fiesta project.   Starter activity: Listening and response exercise, play the recordings of the 10-20 second performances from last week. Can pupils identify which aircraft is being represented and use music vocabulary to explain why they think this. Main activity: Pupils to make improvements to their compositions so […]

Year 5, Unit 1: Air – Lesson 4

Key Learning Objective:  To combine pitch, dynamics and tempo to create a composition.   Starter activity: Listen to twenty seconds of each of the three pieces studied over the last three weeks, asking pupils to form sentences to describe what they have heard in each using vocabulary learnt so far (pitch, tempo and dynamics.) Main activities: To […]

Year 5, Unit 1: Air – Lesson 3

Key Learning Objective:  To identify, follow and conduct tempo changes. Additional Learning Objective:  To understand how composers use tempo to create effects.   Starter activity: Listening and discussion based on two aircraft; the Bristol Box Kite and Concorde. Focus on how the difference in speed between the two aircraft could be represented in music. Main activities: To […]

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