ABC Music Pack for Year 3/Primary 4
- Contains over 50 progressive child-centred creative music activities.
- Easy to use for ALL staff, even those who feel unconfident with music.
- Children start to compose in small groups, using handouts and a powerful X-factor style audition format.
- 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 Year 3/Primary 4 course, children:
- Start creative work in small groups, using photocopiable handouts.
- Explore easy-to-use shape notation- to compose and play rhythms in your groups- Square = 1 sound per beat, Circle = two sounds per beat.
- Follow a powerful X-factor-style audition format- with groups performing as bands, with band names.
- Use auditions drive rhythmic and instrumental skills development, becoming experienced and confident performers.
- Create untuned percussion pieces, melodies on tuned percussion, and add lyrics to compose simple songs- which can be adapted to different topics.
- Explore Sounds and Materials further- naming sounds you can make just with your hands, then creating sound sequences out of objects made from paper, wood, polystyrene, metal etc.
- Explore emotional literacy- choosing words, sets of chime bars to suit different moods, and make sounds from materials to match moods- to create pieces of music based on different emotions.
- Use the Story Kit- to create simple stories, adding your own soundtracks built from music and sound effects created using techniques covered in the pack.
- Develop improvisation skills with voice and body percussion using fun call-and response games.
- Explore the concept of Repetiton (Do it again!).
The ABC Creative Music Pack for Year 3/Primary 4 contains:
- A hard-wearing ring-binder with over 50 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.
- 3 Audio CDs with over 3 hours of music.
- Over 40 pages of photo-copiable handouts.
- Age-appropriate composition system: One laminated A3 Grid Teaching Aid and over 70 velcro-backed playing-card-sized icons, in 3 sets: Shapes (Square, Circle, Triangle, Shhh), Actions (Clap, Jump, Stomp, Woo and Play), and Percussion Sounds (Shake,Tap/Scrape, Ting, Boom).
ABC Music Pack for Year 3/Primary 4:
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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!
A More Detailed Description of the Year 3/P4 course will be posted here shortly.
The Yr3/P4 programme contains 3 intro journeys (which revise Year 2/P3 material) and 6 journeys of new material, with over 50 lesson plans.
A creative music programme brings a warm spontaneous atmosphere to your classroom, with fun but richly meaningful social interaction in all your music sessions.
Creativity is supported by a balance of choice and structure, embedded into the activity design. This helps teachers and guides children to produce clear musical outcomes that engage and excite, while leaving them with genuine creative decisions to make, with the resulting feeling of ownership and achievement.
What Skills & Concepts Will Children Learn- Brief Summary
The programme develops:
active listening skills, visual attention, gross and fine motor skills, language and social skills- and develops a sense of rhythm and pitch, as well as instrumental and singing skills.
The use of symbols and numbers develops literacy and mathematical skills and concepts.
In Year 3/P4, children start creative work in small groups, using photocopiable handouts.
Create untuned percussion pieces, melodies on tuned percussion, and add lyrics to compose simple songs- which can be adapted to different topics.
Explore emotional literacy- choosing words, sets of chime bars to suit different moods, and make sounds from materials to match moods- to create pieces of music based on different emotions.
Explore Materials further- creating sound sequences out of objects made from paper, wood, polystyrene, metal etc.
Use the Story Kit- to create simple stories, adding your own soundtracks built from music and sound effects created using techniques covered in the pack.
Develop improvisation skills with voice and body percussion using fun call-and response games
Explore the concept of Repetiton (Do it again!)
Auditions drive rhythmic and instrumental skills development, turning children into experienced and confident performers.
Children follow a powerful X-factor-style audition format- with groups performing as bands, with band names.
Working in small creative groups is a big step forward- and there is plenty of advice in structuring space and time within the classes to support the creative process, by using ABC’s x-factor-style audition format- where bands role-play performance and get feedback, and either pass on to the next level- or are asked to practice more and repeat the audition.
Groups need to rehearse and perform their composition in progressively more difficult ways to progress through all the auditions- starting by saying the rhythm, then clapping it, then playing their shape compositions on percussion. In some activities groups have to add lyrics or pitch, and play their compositions on chime bars, or sing them, to pass the harder auditions.
The Year 3/P4 course progresses in small 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 experienced in building simple but meaningful musical structures at a level right for them- using notation and sounds that are comfortable for them.
A fuller description of the Year 3/P4 course will be posted shortly.