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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


World Music Day

World Music Day is celebrated on 21st June each year. It originated in France but is celebrated worldwide by millions of people. Each class was allocated 2 genres of music to spend the day researching, listening, composing, singing and performing. As a school, each year group showcased their learning from the day in a wide variety of ways during assembly.

Early Years

The children in Early Years have been learning all about Rock and Rap. They learned that rock music started as rock and roll back in the 1950s and that this style of music was upbeat, fast-paced and fantastic to dance to. The children listened to several examples of rock and roll before exploring how rock music then changed throughout the 1970s. We listened to glam rock, heavy rock and southern rock. The children were able to express themselves to the music by moving in different ways. The children then put their rhythm skills to the test and learned how to tap out a repeated rock rhythm to "We Will Rock You". The children found out that in the 1980s, there was a HUGE concert where many musicians came together to raise money for people in Africa. We watched a clip of Status Quo playing at the Live Aid concert and we talked about how the music made the crowd feel and how the people responded to the music - so we got up and moved around in different ways to the music too!

The children also had the opportunity to be introduced to different instruments from each of the main instrument families. The children were able to learn all about the brass, woodwind, string and percussion families. The children talked about the sounds the instruments make and the similarities and differences between instruments. 

The children then explored the instruments in small groups to make a range of sounds. 

In the afternoon, the children learned all about rap music. The children learned that rap music is words that are spoken or chanted and that it is a style of poetry. They found out that African and Jamaican musicians would tell stories rhythmically and this was the starting point for modern day rap music. The children then listened to a "Dino Rap" and a "Good Morning Rap" before learning a rap about safety. 

Key Stage 1

Year 1

Year 1 looked at the musical genres reggae and soul. We discovered that soul is a style of African American music and it developed from rhythm and blues during the 1950s. We also discovered that reggae is a form of rock music which originates from Jamaica.

As a class, we listened, performed and created music linking to our given musical genres. We took a closer look at real instruments and listened to Miss Allison play the cornet and the trumpet. By the end of the day, the children were able to discuss key facts, as well as perform music inspired by the genres we had been given.

Year 2

Year 2 have looked at Blues and Rhythm and blues (also known as RnB ). We discovered that  it is a popular piece of music which has been influenced by the blues. It was first performed first performed by African American artists. It is now performed worldwide by people of many cultures and ethnic groups. The children listened, performed and created various pieces of musical work to link in with these genres.  We found out baout the 12 bar blues, musical instruments, influential blues artists as well as expression in music. By the end of the day, the children were able to talk about key facts linking to Blues and R & B and showed a better understanding of how it has influenced music today.

We looked at some fantastic musical instruments and discovered the names of some unfamilar ones.

LI: To perform the 12 bar blues on a glockenspiel.

The children found out that the 12 bar blues was a sequence of 12 bars in music, where 3 different chords are played throughout the song. The children followed and listened to the chord names and were encouraged to play independently. By the end of the session, the children were able to perform the 12 bar blues and had a better understanding of the rhythm. 

LI: To perform a piece of music linked to blues and/ R&B

The children listened to various blues and R&B tracks. They were encouraged to move their bodies to represent how it made them want to move. We then decided to listen to osme odler R&B and chose to perform 'Sledge Sisters' we are family. The children kept to the beat, created dance moves and then performed in front of the whole school. 

LI: To use expression to convey meaning.

We discussed what it means to ‘feel blue’ (sad, lonely, depressed, miserable) and we used an expression board to draw show how blues music makes us feel. The children were able to talk about how Blues songs tend to be about expressing feelings of sadness, worry, being tired and fed up, and overcoming bad luck and hardship. Blues music also helps share feelings, getting rid of frustrations and having fun. We found out that Blues music originated from music sung by black Africans who were taken to be slaves in South America (Brazil), North America and the Caribbean islands. The slaves sang to help them with their hard work and to keep up their spirits. Blues music gradually developed more structure and has influenced other music genres like Jazz and Rock. The children listened to six clips of songs and were encouraged to draw how it made them feel. By the end of the session, the children were able to talk about instruments, vocablary and the beat of the music and compared them to say how they made them feel.

Key Stage 2

Year 4

During World Music Day 2022, Year 4 researched the music genres 'Swing' and 'Ska'. We started off the day by listening to examples of these types of genres. In pairs or small groups, the children researched these specific pieces of music and created power points surrounding the history and other relevant information to share with their peers in the classroom.


Following this, the children learnt a famous Swing dance called the 'Lindy Hop', which dates back to the 1920's- 1930's, becoming most popular during times of War. Year 4 loved taking part in this practical activity, which incorporated both solo and partnered dance.

Year 5

On World Music Day, Year 5 had the music genres 'Hip-Hop' and 'Classical'. We began the day by watching a step-by-step video of how to perform some hip-hop style moves - this included break dancing. We learnt how to move our bodies in response to the music and in the style of hip-hop. Year 5 absolutely loved trying to perfect the difficult moves.

After this we listened to a hip-hop song called 'Men in Black' from the film of the same name. We watched the music video and learnt that hip-hop songs are compromised mostly of rap but they may also contain some harmonies. We had a go at singing along to the song but this was very difficult as it was so fast. We also learnt the signature dance from this song and rapped along to this section of the song.

Following this, we explored a classical song called 'Moonlight Sonata'. We looked at the notes involved in playing this song and attempted to play this on the glockenspiels. A few children also tried to play this on the keyboards. This was the first time some children had ever played a keyboard! We learnt the note names and how to perform these. We played this over and over to try and learn this song. 

After exploring 'Moonlight Sonata' through playing, we moved our bodies in response to this genre of music. The moves used in this style of song were very different to hip-hop moves we performed earlier. We used movement scarves to show soft lines and movements that flowed.

Year 6

For World Music Day 2022, Year 6 had the music genres 'pop' and 'big band'. As they are currently rehearsing their leavers concert, this was a great way to start the day, by practicing some of their leavers songs which included a JLS pop hit. After warming up by singing these songs, they watched lots of different videos. They watched big bands performing, including them performing pop classics - mixing the two genres. They also watched pop songs being sang as medleys and watched this being done acoustically and through beat-box. Year 6 then watched Diversity's Platinum Jubilee performance at the palace, which was all about the history of British pop music. After watching this video, the children were given 2 or 3 hidden pop artists/bands. When everyone had some, they opened them to reveal who they had been given. Year 6 then worked in small groups to find out about the artists they had been given, whilst we listened to and danced to some of their music. Once they had gathered a short bit of information about their artists, we then looked at ordering them in decades as a class. In assembly, the whole class spoke in chronological order about their acts and even sang some short sections of some well-known pop songs, including: Hey Jude - The Beatles, Reach - S Club 7 and Baby - Justin Bieber.