Music at Great Moor Junior School

Music at Great Moor is led and taught by Mrs Fullalove. Mrs Fullalove teaches music on one day a week and spends two more days teaching in Year 3. As a music specialist, who plays piano, cello and sings, Mrs Fullalove is able to give the pupils at Great Moor excellent quality lessons that engage, excite and challenge the children. 

As well as curriculum music lessons, the school offers children the opportunity to take part in instrument lessons delivered by two experienced peripatetic teachers. Lessons in keyboard, guitar, ukulele, recorder and brass are available. Wherever possible we also encourage children to bring their instruments along to class music lessons to further develop their playing skills. Currently 78 pupils (around 25%) of our pupils have a lesson. Ask at the school office for further information.

We also have a thriving school choir at Great Moor. We meet every Wednesday lunchtime from 1pm and we have around 50 enthusiastic, talented singers. We take part in concerts throughout the year and sing a wide range of different songs. We love to sing at Great Moor!

Below is some information about the units of work we cover in each year group:

Year 3

Autumn Term is the opportunity to get to know the children and their musical abilities. We spend time learning the songs for the Year 3 Christmas Production. Glockenspiels also come out as a way of beginning to learn about the technical aspects of music such as pitch, pulse and notation.

In the Spring Term we listen to the work of some famous composers around a theme of 'Magic and Mystery'. These pieces of music inspire group compositions.

Ukuleles are used in the Summer Term and we learn the basics of how to play an instrument. By the end of unit of work we know 3 chords and can strum along to some well known tunes.

Year 4

In the Autumn Term we use the Abba hit 'Mamma Mia' to play along to. We use glockenspiels, and children's own instruments, to accompany the song. We begin to look at how music is written down and learn about note names and values.

The ukuleles come out again in the Spring Term. We build upon the work that we did in Year 3 and continue to grow in skill. Hopefully some of the children are inspired to continue playing in their own time.

The focus in Summer Term is composition with the theme of 'Royalty and Grandure'. We listen to the work of George Fredrick Handel to inspire our own  group pieces. We learn how to record our ideas down using musical notation devices.

Year 5

We become Jazz musicians in Autumn Term. We listen to work of some brilliant Jazz artists and learn to emulate the Jazz style on glockenspiels and children's own instruments. We learn the technique of improvisation.

In the Spring Term the music we do links in with the Year 5 topic of 'Space'. We listen to the brilliant 'Planet Suite' by Gustav Holst and this inspires some space-themed compositions. Again, we aim to record some of our ideas using standard music notation devices.

Summer Term is 'rock out' time! Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi is the song we work with. We add instrument accompaniment and even some chair drumming to develop our skills of pulse and rhythm.

Year 6

Autumn Term has a composition focus. The children are inspired by music linked to winter and Christmas. We aim to create pieces of group music that have the essence of  a cold, crisp Christmas. By now, children are becoming increasingly skilled in recording thier ideas using musical notation.

We get 'The Blues' in the Spring Term. The children write their own blues songs and accompany themselves with a blues' chord sequence on the keyboards. They also use glockenspiels to create 'fill-ins' between the singing.

The final term, Summer Term, at Great Moor is a busy one for the Year 6 children. In music we prepare for the Year 6 Production and the Leavers' Assembly.




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