At Chiltern Primary School, we follow the Hampshire Music Service Curriculum Musical Map. It provides six half-termly units of work for each year group from YR to Y6 enabling schools to plan a guided journey to musical independence for all their pupils! The map includes a combination of standalone musical units, seasonal units and other units linked to popular topics, this offers schools the flexibility to rearrange and substitute other topics to create the perfect musical itinerary for each year group (additional units are added to this resource on a regular basis for this purpose).
Each half-termly unit focuses on developing specific musical knowledge and skills as outlined in the Hampshire Music Service Pathways to Musical Independence documents – age-related expectations for each year group. Each set of units builds on and reinforces the learning explored in previous years, new learning is introduced through a logical sequence of activities. Learning is cumulative (from one year to the next) throughout the map so schools who are considering using this resource for the first time will need to start by assessing their student’s current level of musical understanding and skills and then start at the appropriate point in the map e.g. Y6 students who have only had limited musical learning opportunities might need to start with the Y4 units of work.
Each unit comprises of:
- a medium-term plan
- a set of teaching notes with the activities explained (which could include song lyrics and notation), audio tracks and flashcards
- a teaching PowerPoint with embedded sound files and hyperlinks to make each unit accessible and easy to teach and the teaching notes are included in the notes section with each slide. The easiest way to use this resource is to print the PowerPoint in “note” form so the teacher can access the teaching notes whilst each slide is projected
- No additional resources are needed to teach these units.