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. For example; Marvellous Me in Reception; Ourselves in Year 1; The Great Fire of London in Year 2; Animals in Year 3; Ancient Egypt in Year 4; Greek Gods in Year 5 and The Victorians in Year 6.
A LARK ASCENDING IN YEAR 4.....
Year 4 have started looking at a new piece of music - The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams. It's a beautiful piece, perfect for summer (when it comes). They started their work by listening to the music and creating descriptive sentences in response. Here are some examples of the images that the music conjured up in their heads.....
"The white clouds peacefully passing through the sky." Benjy
"A sad, angry soldier sits behind a hill, crying." Amy
"Bright blue eyes watch dreamily as a skylark soars through the turquoise sky." Molly
"Swaying softly, the bronze trees sleep in relaxation and love." Olivia
"The bronze sun spreads peace as it rises." Myah
RECORDER FUN in YEAR 2
Year 2 have been learning to play the recorder this term. Here are some of the recorder rules we recap every lesson to make sure that we can make a good, clear sound. Please encourage your child to remember to bring their instrument every Thursday!
- Left hand at the top
- Cover the holes properly with your fingers.
- Don't blow too hard or too gently.
- Use "do" tongues!
On Wednesday 27th March, Year 4 played in a concert to friends and family to showcase their newly learned skills. They performed absolutely brilliantly, playing a fanfare, a pop medley and Human, by Rag n Bone Man, led by John Randall, Head of Brass at Dorset Music Service. We were very proud of all of the children.
Creating Community Links with Choir
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 Cello - Mrs Childs
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!
Our very talented pupil, Harriet, has written a fantastic piece of music called Songbird Sonatina, which is attached to the bottom of this web page. The children all heard it in assembly and now it's their chance to add some lyrics! Please have a go at writing some words that we could sing to the melody... Think about our school and how you could describe it in the song. Entries need to be handed in to Miss Wells by Thursday 8th November and the winner will be chosen by Harriet and a team of musicians. We will then learn the song in our Singing Assembly.
Get your thinking (and writing) caps on and good luck!
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.