Reception/Primary 1 Music Pack


£180 & VAT & P&P: The ABC Creative Music Pack for Reception/Primary 1 contains:

A hard-wearing ring-binder with over 30 laminated lesson plans

Simple language and a clear colourful layout– designed for everyday use in a busy classroom.
Instructions are written like a script, so if you haven’t had time to prepare, you can read out the lesson plan to run the class. See samples below.

An audio CD with over 75 minutes of lively high-quality music in a range of styles and instruments- hear samples below.

2 laminated A3 Teaching Aids with velcro, and 97 velcro-backed icons  give an easy-to-use
hard-wearing format to allow children to compose and conduct improvisations with age-appropriate symbols, provided in 4 sets:

Shapes (6 each of Square, Circle, Triangle and Shhh),

Actions (5 each of Clap, Jump, Stomp, Woo and Play),

and Percussion (6 of Drum,Tambourine, Bells, Shaker).

Click on links below for pop-up sample pages.

Reception/P1 Pack- Contents Page

Sample Activity 1 - Monster Steps Fairy Dance

Sample Activity 2- The Parrot Song

Sample Activity 3 - Percussion Composition


A Teacher’s Guide includes advice on room layout, troubleshooting rhythmic problems, using a CD player etc. Curricular Planning sheets are downloadable from our support website. Add a standard set of classroom percussion instruments, and you have everything you need to run the ABC Creative Music Programme in your class.

What an ABC Creative Music Programme Offers You…

The Reception/P1 programme contains over 30 warm-ups and activities, laid out in 8 journeys.

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.

Children explore sound and silence, numbers of sounds, and are introduced to a basic set of percussion instruments and their sounds, and explore beats and bars. For a fuller description of the programme, read the detailed section below.

Listen to sample audio tracks below.

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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.