At Lytchett Matravers Primary School, we believe in music for all.
At LMPS we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop both a love of music and their talent as musicians. We aim to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, listen to and perform a wide range of musical styles both in individual and group settings.
Every child in Lytchett Matravers Primary School receives one music lesson a week from Reception to Year 6. This takes place in the lovely, spacious, well equipped studio. There are several keyboards, xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones and a wide variety of percussion instruments. A diverse range of topics are covered and often alongside the wider curriculum within each year group, where appropriate. Children enjoy taking part in a wide range of musical activities including singing, playing instruments, listening to and appraising music, playing games and performing.
At present, each year, Dorset Music Service come in to provide a Musicianship Programme for a year group for a term. This gives the children the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument free of charge for a term. If the children wish to continue with those lessons once the programme has finished, they may be able to do so.
SINGING AT HOME!
This has been requested time and again, mainly by Year 5 children. Sing along at home!!
MORE MUSIC IDEAS
If your child already learns a musical instrument or is particularly interested in music, then this might be worth a look while we are not at school. Myleene Klass will be hosting weekly music lessons on her youtube channel. It is more suited to upper KS2 or at least to those children who are already learning a musical instrument and are familiar with notation. Here is her introduction and the first lesson.
IDEAS FOR HOME LEARNING IN MUSIC
Below is a list of ideas for activities that can be done at home, mainly using resources online, to help your child with music. The list will be updated and is just a starting point but music has a wonderful way of lifting the spirits so do take part in some singing or music making if you can!
Year 1, 2 and Reception
Singing songs and creating sounds to accompany them is a great way to enhance musical skills and learning as well as helping children to learn in other areas of the curriculum.
CBeebies has some great programmes for younger children such as Yolanda’s Band Jam.
BBC Schools radio also has a number of programmes that might be useful including a selection of songs.
Playlists are available on various devices that are tailored to younger children too. Try encouraging your child to play along in time to the music – if you don’t have any instruments at home, saucepans and wooden spoons make great drumkits!
Here are some websites that can be useful for music making and appreciation:
www.classical100.org A selection of 100 classical pieces along with background information about the piece and composer.
https://www.musicfun.net.au/ A selection of printable worksheets which are based around music theory.
https://www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff Lots of interactive games helping children to consolidate their understanding of the different musical elements.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zwxhfg8 There are great ideas here for helping children to understand the different musical elements.
If your child plays a musical instrument, please encourage them to practise regularly. If they have a CD in their practise book, encourage them to play along with it. It will make practising much more fun.
PYRAMID MUSIC AFTERNOON
Several musicians from Year 5 and 6 visited LMS yesterday for an afternoon of music making. On arrival they split into woodwind, brass and percussion, and string groups and went off to rehearse in separate rooms along with musicians from LMS. They then performed their pieces to each other before a performance to parents. The string group played Eastern March and the William Tell Overture, while the brass, woodwind and percussion group played Twist and Shout and then the James Bond Theme. I was so impressed with both the behaviour of our children and the concentration and musicality they all showed. They were a credit to the school and themselves. A huge well done to all of them.
KS2 Choir Christmas Performances
KS2 choir have been extremely busy over the last couple of weeks, performing at Castle Farm Care home, the Christmas Fayre and at Upton Social Club for the Best Foot Forward Leg Club. They have entertained their audiences with festive classics such as Little Donkey and Away in a Manger, as well as newer pieces like Love Shone Down. It has been wonderful to be able to spread a little festive cheer through music. As our choir is so large (numbering nearly 50) we tend to take groups from the choir to sing, rather than all of them - perhaps we need to look at booking the Royal Albert Hall in order to get them all in! Here are some pictures or our older choir members singing at Upton Social Club.
Four of our clarinet learners played in assembly today, entertaining the rest of KS2 with two pieces - "Barefoot Boogie" and "Start and Stop". They performed beautifully. Well done girls!
This week our Year 3 violinists played this piece. It's a great one for listening and counting. If your child would like to practise it at home, here is the music. The first set of notes are all played on the D string, the note on the second gap in the stave is an A. Ask your child what the squiggles are!
YEAR 3 MUSICIANSHIP PROGRAMME
Year 3 are steaming ahead with their violin lessons. This week they played a spooky piece called trick or treat, using pizzicato and arco - ask your child what these terms mean! The notes are displayed below, along with the notes for Shotgun, which the children can play along to at home if they would like to. Remember, a little bit of practise through the week will make a big difference to the progress your child makes and the enjoyment they get from playing.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the time of the concert they will give on the 4th December.
Letters also went home via parentmail this week letting you know how to sign up for lessons if your child wishes to carry on learning a stringed instrument after Christmas. If you have any questions, please come and ask Miss Wells. Please note that the absolute cut off date for registering is the 8th November.
At Lytchett Matravers Primary school we have a wide variety of private instrumental lessons available, that take place in our music practice room.
Drums - Mr Bennett Woodwind - Mrs de Garis
Piano - Mrs de Garis and Mrs Storey
Brass - Mr Bilby Ukulele – Mrs Storey
Violin – Ms Stenwak Guitar - Mr Gibson
Children that have been learning an instrument for at least one term are encouraged to bring their instrument to their whole class curriculum music lessons.
If your son/daughter is interested in taking up a musical instrument please ask for more information at the school office.
Musical Clubs at LMPS
Lytchett Matravers Primary School offers the following musical clubs:
Throughout the year, there are a variety of opportunities for all children to perform a musical item to an audience. We hold termly assemblies where the children can exhibit their newly acquired skills to an audience of fellow students and parents.
We work closely with our partner schools in the Lytchett Pyramid to take part in workshops and also a competitive Pyramid Music Festival during the Summer Term.
We also work collaboratively as a school staff team to put on a wonderful end of year musical performance which involves choir, orchestra, dancers, actors and stage crew. Last year the children performed Choose Dance and the next production is being planned as you read!
Below you can find the following documents;
A guide to music at Lytchett Matravers: This document guides you through the private instrumental lessons on offer at Lytchett Matravers and also includes a slip that you can complete to give to the office if your son/daughter is interested in taking up a musical instrument.
Whole School Curriculum Map: You can download our Curriculum Map for all subjects by clicking on the document below. This document clearly outlines the key learning objectives for Music in every year group.
Web Pages & Useful APPs
The following web pages/apps may be of interest to you.