Music

Home Learning

All Years

BBC Bitesize - Daily Music Lessons

An exciting range of music resources that can be used as part of your home study. Simply click on the link to take you to the BBC Bitesize 'Daily Lessons' page. There you will find lots of lessons, including music. Lessons are divided into different activities where you will learn about the fundamental elements of music. You can practise your skills with 'Play it!' and explore the different elements that make up a song, play, clap and sing along with the music and then listen back to your own version of songs. KS2 learners can also explore their creativity with activities from BBC Ten Pieces, where you can watch films about classical music, make art and crafts and download sheet music to sing and play.

 Here are some fantastic resources to keep you learning and making music:

Sebright Sing Along

Lift your spirits with a good old sing along at home. Sebright has some amazing singers and performers, so have some fun and get everyone at home joining in. 'Song of the Week' gives you all the resources you need, with online video tutorials, lyrics and backing tracks. Plus there's lots of cross curricular ideas to explore too. Happy singing!

Reception and Year 1

Musical Instruments

This slideshow is perfect for learning about musical different types of musical instruments. Use the PowerPoint presentation in slideshow mode and click on the instruments to hear them being played. Answer the questions at the end then draw and colour your favourite musical instrument.

Musical Instruments - What am I?

In this fun quiz, try and guess the names of the musical instruments by clicking the notes to get a clue. See how quick you can guess or try to guess with the least amount of clues. Play this in the slideshow mode.

Musical Instruments - What am I?

Resource for Year 4/5/6

Theory Rocks

Have fun learning music theory. This is a must for those interested in developing their music reading skills, especially those who are already learning an instrument or would like to learn. The 6 videos explain different aspects of music theory in an engaging, visual and easy-to-understand way. The videos cover time signatures, note & rest values, scales, reading treble and bass clef. Work through the videos in order, 1 -6, then scroll down to the 'SHOW MORE' section for links to the online quizzes. Go a stage further and practise your music theory writing skills by printing the blank music manuscript PDF.

Theory Rocks - Manuscript Paper

Chair Drumming

This fun resource with instructional video clips, backing tracks and rhythm grids helps to develop your skills in rhythm, pulse and coordination. You'll need a chair with a solid back, a kitchen chair is ideal; if you don't have drumsticks, no problem as you can use a set of chopsticks or bamboo sticks/canes from the garden. Make sure you follow the instruction videos carefully and pause them to practise. Have fun!

Chair Drumming

Years 5/6

Ableton - Learning Music

Definitely one for those of you interested in music and I.C.T, budding songwriters, rappers and D.Js! A recording studio at your finger tips. Learn about beats, melody, chords, bass-lines, and song structure. Students can work through the tutorials then create their own song using 'the playground'. Great preparation for moving into secondary school and experiencing the type of music lessons you will have. To get the most out of it, be patient and make sure you read through the information contained in each lesson tutorial. Have fun!

David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast

Horrible Histories meets music's greatest composers in these podcasts from funnyman David Walliams. This 10-part podcast series is designed to get you listening to and laughing at classical music. It also reveals some of the gruesome truths about classical musics' biggest names. Presented in his cheeky, warts and all style, David Walliams will have you looking at classical music in a totally new light.

Sebright Primary School offers specialist music teaching across all the year groups to ensure that all children have opportunities to

  • Learn to sing and to use their voices
  • Develop performance skills
  • Listen to, review and evaluate music
  • Improvise, compose and create music using voices and instruments as well as music technology
  • Learn a musical instrument

Early Years

Both, Nursery and Reception classes are taught weekly by our specialist music teacher and together with the KS1 children they take part in singing assemblies. Throughout the Foundation Stage children build up repertoire of songs. From earlier on they are introduced to simple vocal exercises to help developing their singing voices. Children are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through movement and music, they use bodies to create different rhythms and sounds, they also play percussion instruments.  The emphasis is to expose children as much as possible to the real experiences of music making. There are plenty of opportunities for developing listening skills through the use of simple games.

Key Stage 1

Both years 1 and 2 are taught weekly by our specialist music teacher, they also take part in singing assemblies.  Across the Key Stage, children develop their knowledge and understanding of different elements of music such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo and structure. They combine these elements when creating their own music to accompany stories and to create different moods.

Children use their voices to sing songs, speak rhymes and chants as well as learn to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. They experience variety of music performances, learning to listen to details and talk about the sound they hear.

Key Stage 2

Across the Key Stage, children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of music across different historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including works of great musicians and composers. They are encouraged to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds, rhythms and melodic patterns. Children learn to sing and to perform on tuned and un-tuned instruments both in groups and individually.  They create their own instrumental and vocal music for a variety of different purposes through improvisation and composition.  In Key Stage 2, children explore different ways in which music can be written, such as the use of graphic scores as well as learning to read and write more traditional methods of notation.

Choir (Glee Club)

In KS2, children have the opportunity to join an lunchtime choir where they learn to sing and perform a wide range of music from traditional world music to pop songs; they also learn to sing harmonies.

Instrumental lessons on offer

In KS2, children have opportunities to join lunchtime and after school music clubs. The instrumental lessons on offer are:

  • violin - run by the Hackney Music services
  • 2 guitar clubs - run by Sebright teachers
  • keyboard club - run by our specialist music teacher (starting from the Summer term)
  • recorder club run by a Sebright teacher (starting from the Summer term)

School Band

Recently, a group of Year 6 children have formed a band. Already they have demonstrated potential as they secured a second place in the annual ‘City Year’s Got Talent’ competition in which many Hackney schools participate.

Music Highlights