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We are passionate about providing exciting and enriching Musical opportunities for children here at Thames View Primary School. From Year R to Year 6, we aim to give children a varied and lively Music curriculum that fosters a genuine love for the art form. Music is a fantastic way to build community, develop creativity and explore self-expression. Our vision is that all children, by the time they come to leave Thames View Primary School will have experienced a wide variety of musical genres and have had the opportunity to learn a range of different instruments, both individually and as part of ensembles.

Skill Progression

Our core Music Curriculum has been created to allow the children to learn the following skills:

KS1
  • Using voices expressively
  • Playing tuned and un-tuned instruments
  • Listening with concentration and understanding
  • Experimenting, creating, selecting and continuing sounds
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KS2
  • Playing and performing
  • Improvise and composing music
  • Listening with attention to detail and recording sound
  • Using and understanding staff and other musical notation
  • Appreciating and understanding a wide range of live and recorded music
  • Developing an understanding of the history of music

Our new Curriculum is evolving and developing all the time. For a detailed breakdown of how different Music Skill are addressed at Thames View Primary, see the following document:

Charanga Music Curriculum

Where at all possible, teachers endeavour to make links to our Topics when planning Music Curriculum. We are however delighted to have access to the Charanga Music Curriculum as a means to support and enrich our music offer. Charanga is an online Music resource that covers all areas of musical learning relevant to the pupils. It is very popular with children and adults alike.

Everybody is excited when we have our Charanga Music lessons. We have so much fun singing all the different parts and even dancing along. My favourite song so far this year is ‘Happy” because it is so upbeat!

Year 6 Pupil

See an overview of how the Charanga Syllabus supports and runs alongside our Topics here:

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Nursery & Year R Early Adopter Early Learning Goals
 
Year 1

Me and My World

Hey You!

Superheroes

Rhythm in The Way We Walk and Banana Song

To Infinity and Beyond

In the Groove

Where the Wild Things Are

Round and Round

What's hot and what's not?

Your Imagination

I Do like to be Beside the Seaside

Reflect Rewind and Replay

Year 2

Pliable Plastics

Hands Feet Heart

All Aboard

Ho Ho Ho

Spring Watch

I Wanna Play in a Band

Flanimal Families

Zoo Time

Medieval Medway

Friendship Song

I Like to Move It, Move It!

Reflect Rewind and Replay

Year 3

Food Glorious Food

Let Your Spirit Fly

Railway Revolution

Glockenspiel Stage 1

Nature's Revenge

Three Little Birds

Chocolate

The Dragon Song

The Prehistoric World

Bringing Us Together

Invaders and Raiders

Reflect Rewind and Replay

Year 4

Romans Rule

Recorders + Mamma Mia

Mountains

Recorders + Glockenspiel Stage 2

Our Changing World

Recorders + Stop!

Glorious Greece

Recorders + Lean on Me

Who were the Ancient Greeks?

Recorders + Blackbird

Anglo-Saxons

Recorders + Reflect Rewind and Replay

Year 5

Egypt Explorer

Ukulele + Livin' on a Prayer

Walk Like An Egyptian

Ukulele + Classroom Jazz 1

Mission: Space

Ukulele + Make You Feel My Love

Go with the Flow

Ukulele + The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

An Amazon Alliance

Ukulele + Dancing in the Street

The River Medway

Ukulele + Reflect Rewind and Replay

Year 6

Earth Matters

Happy

Evolution Revolution

Classroom Jazz 2

Hola Mexico

A New Year Carol

The Ancient Maya

You've Got a Friend

Britain at War - WW1

Music and Me

Britain at War - WW2

Reflect Rewind and Replay

Singing

The children here at Thames View Primary enjoy weekly singing assemblies and love to give full and heartfelt performances. Additionally, we endeavour to plan many singing opportunities in our daily lessons, for example to help us learn Maths and Topic facts. The school has recently signed up to the ‘SingUp’ music resources where we find many of our fun Topic themed songs.

It’s fun to sing in assemblies. It’s fun to be active! Sometimes we sing along to the guitar and sometimes we sing along to the backing tracks. I like it when we do actions to help remember the words!

Year 5 Pupil

We have recently started a new school choir and the children enjoy regular rehearsals. The choir will be performing this year at the MMA Christmas Concert in Rochester Cathedral and at the MMA March Festival in the Central Theatre, Chatham. The choir is also performing in a number of other school based events this year.

If I had to describe the choir, I would say: amazing, super and fun!  We are really looking forward to our performance at the Cathedral this year!

Year 4 Pupil

 

Instrument Tuition

We are delighted to have a number of peripatetic music teachers visiting us each week. Instruments taught as part of Wider Opportunity projects are African Drumming and Recorders which are extremely successful.

I love learning African drumming because it’s fun to share ideas with partners. I like learning the different beats!

Year 5 Pupil

Small group instrumental lessons also take place. We offer tuition in the following instruments:

  • Double Bass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Brass
  • Flute
  • and other Woodwind

These lessons are very popular so we are currently exploring how we can extend this offer to include more pupils.  Our goal this year is in increase children opportunities to showcase their instrumental skills in more assemblies. 

It’s fun to learn guitar. I have learnt new notes, chords and songs. Now I can play a song and sing at the same time!

Year 4 Pupil

Performances

Children are encouraged to develop their confidence through many performance opportunities in their time at Thames View School. This includes: Harvest Festival, Christmas Concerts, Visitor assemblies, Parent Assemblies and end of term/year Pantomimes and Shows. The children in Year 6 look forward to their end of year performances and Year 3 work towards a performance at the end of term two.

I’m looking forward to singing the songs when we perform ‘Dick Whittington’. It makes me feel a bit nervous but it is fun to learn them.

Year 3 Pupil