Syllabus & Curriculum Nursery

You can find information about the syllabus of this course in the table below. For more information about the cross-curricular and skill development aspect of the course, please visit the Curriculum Objectives tab

Each week covers a musical topic, with a corresponding non-musical theme

Weekly Topic + Theme Aims What will we cover? Curriculum Links

Topic 1:
– Composer of Music
– Stories & Songs

Jacques Offenbach

1) To understand how stories can be told through music
2) To discover the relationship between a composer & his music
3) To develop skills through music-based activities

 

Circle Time:
To introduce the music, composer, & story of ‘Voyage to the Moon’
Active Lesson:
The story & theme-related songs are explored through practical activities
New Story Characters:
Jacques Offenbach
Prince Caprice

 

P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self Awareness
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
U of W: People and communities, the World
E A & D: All

 

Topic 2:
– Orchestra & Violin
– Teamwork & Individual Play
violin violet

 

1) To understand the value of both ‘teamwork’ & ‘individual play’, through learning about an ‘orchestra’ & a ‘musician’
2) To identify different sounds we can create, focusing on the concept of ‘pitch’
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Introduction of new concepts + exploration of sounds we can make
Active Lesson:
The ‘violin’ is explored through the story, and a range of practical activities
New Characters:
King Vlan
Queen Antoinette
Violet the Violin
P, S & E: Self Confidence & Self Awareness, Making Relationships
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
M: Numbers
U of W: People & communities
E A & D: All

Topic 3:
– Cello
– Family
cedric cello

1) To identify similarities & differences between family members
2) To identify similarities & differences between instruments from the same ‘instrument family’, by sound & appearance
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Recap the violin, introduce new concepts & build on knowledge of ‘pitch’
Active Lesson:
The ‘cello’, ‘violin’ & ‘pitch’ are explored through a range of activities
New Characters:
Cedric Cello
P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self Awareness, Making Relationships
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 4:
– French Horn
– Feelings & Emotions
Freddy the French Horn

1) Identify comparisons between all instruments learned so far
2) To identify how ‘tone’ and ’emotion’ is conveyed through music
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Explore different emotions we experience. Learn how to identify emotions in music
Active Lesson:
Elements of the ‘French horn’ are discovered through a range of practical activities
New Characters:
Freddy the French Horn
P, S & E: Self Confidence & Self Awareness, Managing feelings & emotions
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 5:
– Oboe
– Shapes & Numbers
Olive the Oboe

1) To build our knowledge about instruments from different families
2) To identify connections between musical elements & mathematical concepts
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Apply knowledge of shapes to features of instruments. Recap instruments learned so far
Active Lesson:
Elements of the ‘oboe’ & the other instruments are explored through a range of practical activities
New Characters:
Olive the Oboe
P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self Awareness
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
M: All
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 6:
– Flute
– Listening to Others
Flora Flute

1) To learn importance of individuals by respecting and listening to others
2) To identify all the different instruments from Voyage to the Moon by sound and appearance
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Discuss why we need to listen to others, applying these ideas in a musical context
Active Lesson:
The children explore their own ‘choice’ & ‘preference’ through activities, and learn about the ‘flute’
New Characters:
Flora Flute
P, S & E: All
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 7:
– Instrument Consolidation
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1) To consolidate all topics, themes and ideas learned so far
2) To build confidence in abilities and different skill areas
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Recapping & consolidating of ideas through memory games, props, resources & discussions
Active Lesson:
Consolidation through prompts & practical application with the music
New Characters:
Princess Fantasia
P, S & E: All
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
M: All
U of W: People & communities
E A & D: All

Topic 8:
– Forte/Piano
– Rules
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1) To learn the importance of ‘rules’ in everyday situations and in music
2) To identify musical notation that indicates ‘loudness’
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
Circle Time:
Introduction to symbols that indicate ‘loudness’ in music & apply in activities
Active Lesson:
Apply new knowledge through practical activities
New Characters:
Frederick Forte
Penelope Piano
P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self Awareness
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: Reading and Writing
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 9:
– Crescendo
– Expression
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1) To understand different ways that we express ourselves
2) To understand how music is ‘expressive’, using the ‘crescendo’ symbol
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities and visual cues
Circle Time:
Introduce the ‘crescendo’ symbol, exploring its relevance in music/with expression
Active Lesson:
Apply new knowledge through practical activities and to the story
New Characters:
Crescendo Croc
P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self Awareness
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: Reading and Writing
M: Shapes, Space and Time
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 10:
– Beats/Rhythm
– Routine
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1) To understand patterns and routines within music
2) To develop our understanding of the connections between music and mathematical concepts
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities and visual cues
Circle Time:
Introduce the purpose of a rhythm within the music, and how music is written
Active Lesson:
Apply new knowledge through practical activities and to the story
New Characters:
Petal Pause
The Beat Beanies – Betty, Bobby & Baz
P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self Awareness
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: Reading and Writing
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 11:
– Conductor
– Leadership, Ourselves & Our Bodies
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1) To understand the purpose of a leader, relating this to an orchestra’s ‘conductor’
2) To understand how we can instruct and lead using different parts of our bodies
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities and visual cues
Circle Time:
Introduce a ‘conductor’, learning his purpose & roles through activities
Active Lesson:
Apply leadership skills through activities based on the ‘conductor’
New Characters:
Commodore Conductor
P, S & E: Self Confidence and Self-Awareness, Making Relationships.
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: Reading and Writing
M: Numbers
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All

Topic 12:
– Full Consolidation
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1) To consolidate all topics, themes and ideas learned so far
2) To build confidence in abilities and different skill areas
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities
The Consolidation has been split into 2 sections:
1) Interactive Story
2) Movement to Music
All elements of the music, and all non-musical themes will be explored within this 2-part consolidation
P, S & E: All
C & L: All
P: Moving and Handling
L: All
M: All
U of W: People and communities
E A & D: All