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Music programme objectives for Years 4 - 6

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Listening and Responding Essential elements of Rhythm, Pitch, Volume, Tempo, Dynamics, Texture and Form. Recognises and uses the musical terms piano/forte; distinguishes between rhythm and pulse; recognises where the pulse accelerates or slows; recognises tune and accompaniment; recognises and identifies the four families of the orchestra by sound. Recognises and uses the musical terms mezzo, crescendo, decrescendo; recognises the sounds of the major orchestral instruments; recognises major and minor. Recognises and uses the musical terms accelerando and ritardando; differentiates between a pulse of 3 and 4.
Singing
Correct vocal technique, breath control, tone, intonation and posture to sing in class, a group and solo.
Sings from conventional notation with increasing awareness of good vocal technique; repertoire includes rounds and simple part-singing. Sings from conventional notation with increasing awareness of good vocal technique; repertoire includes rounds, part-singing and partner songs. Sings from conventional notation with increasing awareness of good vocal technique; maintains a part with others; is beginning to sight-read with rhythmic accuracy.
Creating
Create and improvise music using rhythm, pitch, texture and tempo.
Imitates and improvises longer rhythmic and melodic patterns with percussion, voice and recorder; reflects on original musical ideas; creates simple ostinati with body and untuned percussion. Imitates and improvises phrases on percussion, voice and recorder; reflects on ideas; creates more complex ostinato patterns. Imitates and improvises phrases on percussion, voice and treble recorder; reflects on ideas; creates ostinato patterns on tuned percussion.
Playing
Classroom percussion instruments, the recorder family, electric keyboards and orchestral instruments.
Plays the first 5 notes on the descant recorder from conventional notation; plays all naturals on the glockenspiel and xylophone; maintains simple ostinato patterns with others; demonstrates appropriate technique; plays the first 5 notes of C major on the keyboard from conventional notation; plays a single-finger chordal accompaniment. Plays a whole octave on the recorder from conventional notation; plays the whole range of classroom percussion including marimba using appropriate techniques; maintains more complex ostinato patterns; increases range of notes and accompaniments on the keyboard. Plays the first 5 notes of C major on the treble recorder from conventional notation; plays in a class ensemble adding orchestral instruments to class percussion; plays keyboard in several different hand positions; is beginning to identify suitable accompaniments for keyboard melodies; maintains ostinato patterns in tuned and untuned percussion.
Reading and Notating
Identify the pitch and value of notes and understand music directions of tempo, expression and interpretation in reading and writing; use suitable technology to notate and record music.
Recognises, reads and writes the recorder and keyboard notes learned together with their durations. Recognises, reads and writes the recorder and keyboard notes learned together with their durations and performance directions. Recognises, reads and writes the recorder and keyboard notes learned together with their durations and performance directions; recognises, reads and writes notes on a score for instruments in the class ensemble.
Analysing and Appreciating Identify and analyse a variety of music works, both choral and instrumental, and identify their forms. Responds to and discusses different music works, identifying key musical characteristics. Responds to and discusses different music works, identifying key musical characteristics and key elements; identifies key themes from several composers and has knowledge of their lives. Responds to and discusses conventional and modern music works, identifying key musical characteristics and key elements; builds on knowledge of key composers from major historical styles and their life and works.