Music in the classroom

Each lesson will be A LOT OF FUN. Over the course we learn and perform popular songs and at the same time we will be covering all the aims and objectives within the music curriculum such as to:

• Listen and appraise music from across a range of historical and cultural backgrounds, genres and traditions studying great composers and musicians.
• Learn chords, scales and music notation. Using these students will perform, improvise and compose. They will have the opportunity to do this solo, in a duet and working as a larger ensemble.
• Acquire a knowledge of key musical terminology and the practical uses such as pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre and structure.
• They will learn all of the above playing an instrument, singing and using music software programs such as garage band. With this they can understand layering and be able to create soundscapes.
• Each student will have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

Key stage 1 : Aims and Objectives

Performing - Rehearse and perform with others using untuned and tuned instruments as well as their voices. They will sing songs, speak chants and learn rhymes They will be able to perform with confidence singing cumulative songs. Start and stop together, keeping a steady pulse using their voice and instrument expressively.

Listening and Reviewing – Understand how sounds can be made in different ways and described using given and invented signs and symbols.    Listen to contrasting songs (such as lullabies and dance / up-tempo) with concentration, remembering specific instrumental names and sounds.   Understand music might be used for particular purposes and occasions. Recognise simple structures (beginning, middle and end)

Composing - Experiment with creating and copying musical patterns.   Begin to explore the sounds of their voices and various musical instruments, recognising the differences between singing and speaking and wood, metal, skin (drum) and ‘shaker’ sounds. Create one section of music using the notes and or chords they have learnt. Begin to improve their own work and evaluate others. Improvise using an untuned instrument, voice and at least 2 notes from a tuned instrument.

Understanding and Exploring – Explore their feelings about music with movement, dance and expressive language. Start to understand that music has been composed throughout history. Recognise and match sounds with pictures of different instruments.

Pitch/Duration/Dynamics/Tempo/Timbre/Texture/Structure – Recognise the difference between high and low, long or short, loud and quiet, fast or slow sounds. The difference between steady beat and no beat. Identify different sections within a piece of music.

Each student will have the opportunity to
progress to the next level of musical excellence.

Key stage 2 : Aims and Objectives

Performing - Independently sing songs and play a tuned instrument. Speak chants, sing songs and play their instruments as an ensemble with 2-3 parts different parts in harmony. To be able to play and sing with confidence, control and musical expression. Develop skills in leading rehearsals in small groups working together. Learn how to practise independently.

Listening and Reviewing – Develop the understanding of the structure of modern music (Intro, verse, bridge, chorus and outro) Identify a range of instruments through listening to music. Explain their ideas and feelings about using expressive language. Appreciate how the choice of tempo and dynamics can create the mood for the music. Determine direction of pitch.

Composing - Compose 3 sections of music thinking about the structure of modern music taking into account mood and use of dynamics. Improvise using a pentatonic scale using their voice and a tuned instrument. Successfully layer creating a soundscapes on the computer software program Garage Band.

Understanding and Exploring – Explore and compare a variety of sounds in a piece of music identifying the prominent melodies. Recognising thick and thin layers within music. Compare sounds from different musical families such as percussion, woodwind, brass, and string. Hear a piece of music and name the genre.

Pitch/Duration/Dynamics/Tempo/Timbre/Texture/Structure – Recognise a metre. Use Italian terms such as crescendo, diminuendo, forte and piano. Identify Quavers, Crotchet, Minim and Semi-breve along with the rest symbols.


“Mr Woodward’s weekly ukulele lesson with my Year 3 class is quite simply the highlight of our week. He always goes above and beyond by not only producing an end of term concert but he also has accompanied our children in playing their ukuleles to residents at our local care home. In addition. during lockdown, Mr Woodward also successfully taught our children online and kept the children’s interest and enthusiasm for learning the ukulele going, much to the delight of both the children and their parents. He is a professional, cheerful and friendly member of our school team and I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Fiona Chapple

Year 3 Teacher and Assistant head teacher of Aughton Christ Church School

“Mike Woodward has taught at our school for many years and as a result, many of our pupils have had the privilege of being taught by him. He inspires a love of music through his interactive and engaging lessons, during which, he uses resources that are meaningful to the children. He enjoys positive relationships with the children he teaches, whatever the age and manages them well, resulting in motivated pupils. The children make good progress and develop a good knowledge of musical skills pertinent to their age and level. Mike always conducts himself in a professional manner. He is a friendly and cheerful individual, who is an asset to our school team.”

Fiona Cottam

Headteacher, Aughton St. Michael's C.E. School