Year 1/Primary 2 Music Pack

£180 & VAT & P&P: The ABC Creative Music Pack for Year 1/Primary 2 contains:

A hard-wearing ring-binder with over 50 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.

Two audio CDs with over 2 hours 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 (85 x 55mm) 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),

Animal Noises (6 each of  Woof, Miaow, Oink, Moo),

and Percussion Sounds (6 of Shake,Tap/Scrape, Ting, Boom).

Clear instructions on use of classroom instruments.

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 Yr1/P2 programme contains 3 intro journeys (which revise P1/Reception material) and 8 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.

Children explore the musical concepts loud and soft, high and low (pitch) and fast and slow (tempo or speed). Children develop their rhythmic skills further, performing with beats and bars at different speeds, are introduced to a wider range of classroom percussion and a new set of percussion icons, then learn to play, compose and perform with chime bars and tuned percussion. They explore the sounds that can be made with the material wood. For a fuller description of the programme, read the detailed section below.

Listen to sample audio tracks below.

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A More Detailed Description of the Year1/P2 Programme

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.

Click on links below for pop up sample pages.
Associated audio tracks below where relevant.

Year 1/P2 Pack - Contents Page

Sample Activity 1 - Biddley Bop Be 1

Sample Activity 2- Shake Tap Ting Song

Sample Activity 3 - The Wood Song