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Music - KS1 - Year 1 / Year 2

Summer Term 2018

YEAR 1       

Unit: Storytime         Musical focus: Exploring sounds         Subject link: English

In this unit, the children learn how music can be used to tell a story. They identify contrasts of fast and slow, loud and quiet, leading to a performance. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through adding other instruments to a class rap and performing it in an assembly. Through taking a given stimuli the children will embellish on this and create a longer piece of music. They will then perform this to an audience or act it out for a combined music lesson.

 

Unit: Our Bodies            Musical focus: Beat                 Subject link: Science

In this unit, the children develop a sense of steady beat using their own bodies. They respond to music and play rhythm patterns on body percussion. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through responding promptly to visual prompts given by a conductor. The children work together to practice and perform a song by varying what they do in each repeated section through using body percussion, instruments and singing. As well as playing rhythm patterns on body percussion they will also play using untuned percussion instruments.

 

Unit: Travel                  Musical focus: Performance          Subject link: PE

In this unit, the children develop their performance skills and learn songs about travel and transport from around the world. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through adding their own ideas for lyrics and movements to enhance a known song. Through using another known song they can invent new verses and sound patterns. Using another known song again, they can create new verses using the children’s knowledge of different types of transport from around the world.

 

Unit: Water                     Musical focus: Pitch                     Subject link: Art

The children use voices, movement and instruments to explore changes of pitch in this unit. They develop a performance with different vocal pitch shapes and tuned percussion. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through drawing the score of their music for a classroom display. The children will create their own class score to illustrate the structure of a given stimuli through using paint, printing, collage or ICT. They will use tuned percussion to work out the complete melody of simple songs linked to water.

*Songs to be sung each half term linked to half termly theme.

YEAR 2

Unit: Weather                Musical focus: Exploring sounds      Subject link: Geography

In this unit weather raps and songs give the children opportunities to create descriptive sounds and word rhythms. The children create a descriptive class composition using voices and instruments. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through working in groups, taking a well-known poem or nursery rhyme: one group repeatedly chants one line or phrase while the other group recites the complete rhyme. The children can then work in smaller groups or in pairs if they are confident. The children also perform vocally different rhythm patterns and then transfer them to percussion instruments. The children then choose their own sound/instrument for each pattern. They may explore the patterns further by playing the patterns and combining them to create interesting textures for accompaniment. Additionally in this unit, the children explore famous fables as a stimulus to compose music to illustrate a story.

Unit: Pattern           Musical focus: Beat                     Subject link: Mathematics

In this unit, using simple notations, the children play, create and combine minibeasts rhythms using body percussion and instruments. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through using a known rhythm to create longer sequences of three-beat and four-beat patterns. Then selecting two rhythms in small groups, they repeat one after the other to accompany a song. Furthermore, the children will have the opportunity to interpret a score to perform different beat patterns using their voices.

Unit: Water           Musical focus: Pitch                     Subject link: Science

In this unit, the children sing and play a variety of pitch shapes, using movement and reading from scores. They create a class composition which describes the sounds and creatures of a pond. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through discussing additional ideas for a performance using untuned percussion instruments, or including some movement to capture the character of each animal. The children will then perform the piece again to make sure everyone has a go at all the parts. When they are confident, they will then invent a new score to fit with the song. Finally they will make the musical composition of the journey of a creature.

Unit: Travel                     Musical focus: Performance                Subject link: English

In this unit, the children learn a Tanzanian game song and accompany a travelling song using voices and instruments. They listen to an orchestral piece and improvise their own descriptive ‘theme park’ music. The children also learn about musical vocabulary and its meaning. They have the opportunity to extend their learning further through adding an untuned percussion accompaniment to a song.  The children will then develop their own dance performance of a known song and perform it with instrumental accompaniment. The children will then choose how they want to dance and whether they do so in pairs or small groups. They will then perform their dance with musical accompaniment. Additionally the children will add extra ideas to extend those in a given score and make their own picture score.

 

*Songs to be sung each half term linked to half termly theme.