ABC Music Pack for Reception/Primary 1
- Contains over 30 progressive child-centred creative music activities.
- Easy to use for ALL staff, even those who feel unconfident with music.
- Children compose and perform with animal noises, actions and percussion sounds-
using child-friendly teaching aids.
- Simple language and a clear colourful layout- designed for everyday use in a busy classroom.
- Curricular planning and assessment sheets for aCFE or NC/Keystages.
In the Reception/Primary 1 course:
- Children compose and perform with animal noises, actions, body percussion, and percussion instruments, using A3 Teaching aids and velcro-backed icons.
- Progressive activities develop rhythmic skills, pitch perception and performance.
- Fun songs and games develop a practical understanding of sound and silence, numbers of sounds, plus beats and bars.
- Children are in control from the start- developing choosing skills, and controlling class performance using simple conducting techniques.
- Learn left from right in a sequence of funky movement tracks- using red for right and blue for left.
- Children explore the material Paper: Name the sounds you can make with paper. Perform a lovely song-based performance piece as a paper orchestra.
- Backing CDs support all activities, and allow your class to compose and perform music on voice, tuned and untuned percussion for recording or performing for video or at assemblies or concerts.
- Teaching advice helps you use sound, vision, movement and simple concepts to reinforce learning in all children in your class.
The ABC Creative Music Pack for Reception/Primary 1 contains:
- A hard-wearing ring-binder with over 30 laminated lesson plans.
- Simple step-by-step Instructions written like a script, so if you’ve not had time to prepare, read out the lesson plan to run the class.
- Audio CD with over 75 minutes of music.
- Age-appropriate composition system: 2 laminated A3 Teaching Aids and over 70 velcro-backed playing card sized icons, in 3 sets: Animal Noises (Woof, Miaow, Oink and Moo), Actions (Clap, Jump, Stomp, Woo and Play), and Percussion (Drum,Tambourine, Bells, Shaker).
ABC Music Pack for Reception/Primary 1:
Price £180 & VAT with FREE SHIPPING in the UK and NI.
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Each resource pack contains more than enough material for a whole year of study.
Introductory Journeys at the start of all the courses after Reception/Primary 1 cover material from the previous pack. A rangefinder helps you work out where to start in the new session, to allow children to move smoothly through the programme.
Doing some preparation will help you deliver a better class, adapt activities to your themes and topics, and will make you feel more relaxed, especially if teaching ABC music is new for you.
But we know teachers are busy, so all the resources are written in simple language, with a clear layout. Lesson plans are laid out like a script- so if you need to, you can take a lesson plan, and say to children- “Let’s see what we have to do today!” and run the activity by reading out the script.
Everything you need should be in most classrooms. You need:
- A set of standard classroom instruments- tuned and untuned percussion- eg wood blocks, tambourines, shakers/maracas, chime bars, drums/tambours, xylophones/glockenspiels and beaters etc.
- A CD player- we recommend Coombers because they are nice and loud!
Reception / Primary 1 Programme: Detailed Description
Children enjoy starting with fun movement, listening and imagination activities, with the Boing Song and Monster Steps and Butterfly Dance quickly becoming firm favourites they will ask for over and over- and singing simple songs with actions. From the start children begin to choose and make decisions- eg ‘What movement will we do with the Boing today?’.
The drama of “Who is going to choose next?”, and “What are they going to choose?” makes sessions enjoyable and interesting, as you and the children learn more about each other.
Children learn left from right with a favourite funky song- initially using coloured stickers on their hands- red for right and blue for left.
They learn a song about counting to four, and soon are clapping or stomping with the one, two, three or four- practical learning about beats and bars. Quickly they are choosing which action to do, on which beat.
Children explore sound and silence with voice, body and percussion instruments- with children learning a simple conducting technique to lead the class, fantastic for boys with attention problems- “I want you to pay attention to me!” Developing a genuine culture of silence in a classroom has benefits across the curriculum.
Children explore numbers of sounds- one two three or four- learning to recognise what numerals look like, what different numbers of sounds ‘sound like’, and practice copying different numbers of sounds on voice and percussion. They then start to choose and perform different numbers of sounds with voice, body and percussion instruments, and control the movement of others by playing different numbers of sounds, through a variety of activities and songs.
Children explore sound and symbols- learning to make a single animal noise with a point at an animal symbol- and then start to build phrases with animal noises- making their own animal noise compositions with icons and the AB grid teaching aid. They explore the use of repetition of short sequences to build phrases, the most fundamental process in creating meaning in music- in the easy-to-use but powerful format of the AB Grid.
Children learn about different percussion instruments- drums, shakers, bells and tambourines: What the instruments are called and how to play them. They learn to recognise the sound of each type of instrument, and learn to control and conduct performance using symbols.
They then compose with percussion sounds on the AB Grid using icons- performing to a point conducted by the teacher, or sometimes one of the children.
Children explore the material paper- which can link to science and environmental studies. They learn how to make different sounds with paper, naming the sounds (wave, snap, rub, scrunch…), and learn to perform a beautiful song, with improvisations using paper.
The P1/reception program progresses in gentle steps, but maintains throughout a focus on individual children making decisions, and other children listening to, understanding and acting on those decisions- whether using visual cues and symbols, or spoken or musical language.
This social process underpins the creative classroom, and is used to explore the creative use of simple musical fundamentals. Children become familiar building simple but meaningful musical structures at a level right for them- using notation and sounds that are comfortable for them.