ABC Music Pack for Year 1/Primary 2
- Contains over 50 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, untuned and tuned percussion-
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 Year 1/Primary 2 course:
- Children compose and perform with animal noises, actions, body percussion, and percussion instruments, using A3 Teaching aids and velcro-backed icons.
- Children learn to play a wider range of untuned percussion, and how to make a clear sound on a chime bar- and compose short sequences of music for untuned and tuned percussion.
- Progressive activities further develop rhythmic skills and performance, a sequence of activities develop increasingly fine perception of pitch (high and low sounds).
- Fun songs and games develop a practical understanding the musical concepts Loud/Soft, High/Low (pitch), long and short, Fast/Slow (tempo) and beats and bars.
- Children are in control from the start- developing choosing skills, and controlling class performance by walking on symbols, and simple conducting techniques.
- Children explore the material Wood: Name the sounds you can make with wooden objects and how you make them. 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 Year 1/Primary 2 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.
- 2 Audio CDs with over 2 hours 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 Sounds (Shake,Tap/Scrape, Ting, Boom).
ABC Music Pack for Year 1/Primary 2:
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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 Year1/P2 Programme
After a reprise of the Reception/P1 course in the three introductory journeys, the P2/Year 1 course starts with children exploring numbers, rhythm and movement in a fun song using Action icons- (Clap, Stomp. Jump and Woo). A pre-composed version introduces the format, before children compose their own versions, producing a great performance piece combining music and dance.
Then children explore a new icon set, using 5 percussion sounds- Shake, Tap, Ting, Scrape and Boom, played on a wider range of instruments: What are the instruments made of? (metal/wood), What are their names?, How do you hold and play them?
Children learn to control improvised performances by pointing at symbols, before composing using icons and the AB grid. The Shape Tap Ting Scrape Boom Song produces a great vocal and instrumental performance piece, with improvisation sections for ‘jamming’.
Then children explore the concepts Loud/Soft, High/Low (pitch), and Fast/Slow.
Throughout the ABC programme, concepts are introduced by discussion and learning how the concept words are spelled. Then children learn to discriminate the concepts in a Tell-the-difference game, before exploring how to perform the concepts (eg loud and soft sounds) on body, voice, and instruments. They then explore the use of the concepts creatively through conducted improvisation activities and composition.
For example, a child cues performance by walking on symbols on the floor, with other children performing loud or soft percussion sounds with each footstep as part of a fun story about a monster. Children explore loud and soft in percussion compositions.
The Explore Materials strand in P2/Year 1 is about wood, which can be linked to science and environmental studies. Children explore making different loud and soft sounds with wooden objects, naming and describing the sounds and learning to conduct them, write a score for them, and use them with a beautiful song to create a performance piece about a woodsman.
Children learn to tell the difference between high and low pitched sounds in a series of fun activities which develop increasingly fine pitch perception- starting with low/high, low/middle/high, and then introducing the first 5 steps of a musical scale- using a mouse character climbing a staricase. A fun song about Buzzing Bees allows children to explore composing and performing pitch contours, by drawing pathways between flowers drawn on the board, and following thepath with their voice using a buzzing sound, creating a lovely performance piece.
Children explore Fast and Slow- with a movement game where they move like machines at different speeds. They co-ordinate actions and sounds with beats and bars played at different speeds.
Children learn to hold and play chime bars and tuned percussion, playing a clear sound with a bounce of the beater, before exploring composition and performance in innovative formats, using animal symbols to compose a beautiful piece of harmonic music perfomed at different speeds on tuned percussion.
The P2/Year1 program 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.