Music at Mayfield
Teaching
Additional Opportunites
Learning an Instrument
Financial Assistance for Music Activities
Curriculum Content

Music at MayfieldMusic
At Mayfield, we aim to expose the children to a wide variety of music by developing and extending their musical experiences and joy for the subject.  Children learn listening, appraising, composing and performing skills.

We want children to build upon their natural responses to music and:-

  • Find enjoyment in creating music, and see themselves as musicians
  • Develop skills to use a wide range of instruments/voice techniques
  • Feel able to express their ideas and feelings through musical creation coupled with a sense of achievement and fulfilment in muscial expression
  • Learn to listen analytically
  • Develop musical vocabulary to help them discuss their own work and that of others
  • Understand about sound and symbol, and develop systems of notation for use in composing and performing
  • Appreciate and evaluate the work of composers and musicians from their own and other cultures
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Teaching
All children have a weekly classroom music lesson.  Where possible listening to, composing and performing music is linked to class topic work.  A variety of musical activities and resources are provided, including the use of ICT composing and recording software.  There are 15 electronic keyboards for whole class lessons.  Pupils throughout the whole school take part in the preparation and performance of a dramatic/musical production on at least one occasion in the year.

The whole school also participates in singing assemblies whhich have selected songs to cover aspects of the social, moral, spiritual, cultural curriculum and school ethos.  These singing assemblies generally enable children to feel good about themselves through singing in unity.

Children are regularly encouraged to perform during whole school assemblies as soloists or in groups such as Choir, Samba Band or in Orchestra.
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Additional Opportunities

Mayfield ChoirChoir
Our popular early morning choir is open to all in Years 3-6.  They are exposed to a variety of genres of music – pop songs, folk songs, shows, carols, to name a few – and join with other school choirs in Cambridge for for an annual performance in West Road Concert Hall.  To join the choir please click HERE

OrchestraMayfield Orchestra
We hope that all children who learn an instrument will take part in our music ensembles.  Mayfield has a vibrant school orchestra led by Anne Taylor, a professional musician who runs a range of music groups and classes across Cambridge. The Orchestra rehearses weekly and performs regularly both in school and at external concerts.  For more information please visit this page: Mayfield School Orchestra

 

Samba

Samba Band
For Y3-6 Samba Club runs after school. This is a percussion ensemble exploring Samba rhythms, African drumming and beatboxing. No music-reading is necessary. Click HERE for further details.

 

Mini Music

 

Mini Music and Reception Music Club
For younger children there is a Reception Music Club and Mini-Music for Y1 and Y2.  Details are HERE

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Learning An Instrument
There is provision for children to receive individual recorder, piano, ukulele, violin, clarinet, flute, saxophone and voice tuition from professional music teachers during the school day.  Please visit our music lessons page for more information: Music Lessons Page
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Financial Assistance for Music Activities: “The Mayfield Offer”
If your child is in receipt, or has been at any time in the last 6 years, of income-related Free School Meals (FSM) you may be entitled to have some or all music lessons paid for.  This applies to one instrument or music club only.  Contact Michelle Dodson in the school office for more details.
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Curriculum Content

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Y1 Shipmates:

To compose and perform music

Sea Shanties and water music – long and short sound, pitch

Me!

To describe and perform music

Performance

Once upon a time:

To compose and perform music

Weather and traditional tales songs – sound effects

Wolves: Peter and the Wolf

To compose and describe music

Timbre, dynamics, pitch, rhythm

We are scientists:

To compose and transcribe music

Recording sounds – use symbols to represent composition

Here we go!

To describe, compose and describe music

Travelling music – timbre, dynamics, pitch, rhythm, use symbols to represent composition

Y2 Toys:

To describe music

Recognise change in timbre, dynamics, pitch, rhythm

The story of stories:

To compose and perform. Christmas performance

Timbre, dynamics, pitch, rhythm

Frozen planet:

To describe music

Listening to and describing music – timbre, dynamics, pitch, rhythm

Plants, local geography:

To describe, compose and perform music

Performance – timbre, dynamics, pitch, rhythm

Can a picture really tell 1000 words?

To describe, compose, transcribe and perform music

Investigate instruments – use symbols to represent composition

Attack or defend? Norman Conquest 1066:

To describe music

Music from different cultures – identify a beat

Y3 Mayfield and beyond:

To describe music

Home or away?

To describe music

Mummies unwrapped:

To compose music

There’s something in the water!

To perform music

From stone to iron:

To transcribe music

A place to live

To transcribe

Y4 Was Rome built in a day?

To describe and perform music

Was Rome built in a day?

To describe and perform music

Volcanoes!

To compose and perform music

Education for all:

To find out about composers and to compose music

The house of wisdom:

To transcribe music

Glorious games:

To compose and describe music

Y5 Dragon slayer:

To describe music

World War One:

To compose and transcribe music

Who lives in a place like this?

To compose, transcribe and perform music

Going to America:

To perform music

My picture:

To describe music

Tudor explorers

To perform music

Y6 Eureka! Watching and reading myths:

To transcribe music

Eureka! Watching and reading myths:

To compose music

Invaders! Vikings:

To perform

Invaders!

To perform

Welcome to the jungle!

To compose and describe music

The Mayans:

To compose and transcribe music

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