Category: Year 1

Year 1, Unit 2: Animal Rhythms – Lesson 6

Key Learning Objective:  To read and perform a four bar notated rhythm. Starter activity: Children select favourite warm up song to focus the children’s voices, bodies and brains. Main activity: Using a selection of untuned percussion instruments, children chant the animal rhythms and then play on their instruments, reinforcing a four-bar rhythm. Plenary: Revisit Zebra Crossing, incorporating a game […]

Year 1, Unit 2: Animal Rhythms – Lesson 5

Key Learning Objectives:  To compose and perform a four beat rhythm. To use this as a rhythmic ostinato.   Starter activity: Revision of the song, Tony Chestnut. Main activity: Revision of the rhythm picture cards, followed by revision of the term ostinato and the creation of a four-bar rhythm using the animal pictures. Plenary: Revisit This Train is Bound […]

Year 1, Unit 2: Animal Rhythms – Lesson 4

Key Learning Objective:  To compose, perform and maintain a rhythmic ostinato.   Starter activity: Learn the song Tony Chestnut before revisiting two earlier songs as extended exercises. Main activity: Introduction to additional notation, using new animal rhythms. E.g demonstrating four semi-quavers as ‘alligator’. Plenary: Learn the song This Train, furthered through addition of instruments playing the animal rhythms previously learnt […]

Year 1, Unit 2: Animal Rhythms – Lesson 3

Key Learning Objectives:  To identify the difference between pulse and rhythm. To recognise, play and compose simple rhythm patterns with the aid of animal note value cards.   Starter activity: Listening and response exercise using the chant H.E.L.L.O. Main activity: Creation of an individual rhythmic pattern, based on syllables found in the words ‘frog’ and ‘monkey’. Plenary: Listening activities […]

Year 1, Unit 2: Animal Rhythms – Lesson 2

Key Learning Objectives:  To feel and internalise the pulse/beat. To identify the strong beat and demonstrate with an action/clapping.   Starter activity: Warm up and Stomp Cannon, warming up; voices, brains and bodies with an interactive chant. Main activity: Reminder of the concept of a pulse/beat. Plenary: Listening and response activity using the chant, Say Boom Chicka Boom, saying rhythms […]

Year 1, Unit 2: Animal Rhythms – Lesson 1

Key Learning Objectives:  To feel and internalise the pulse/beat. To identify the strong beat and demonstrate with an action/clapping.   Starter activity: Warm up and Stomp Cannon, warming up; voices, brains and bodies with an interactive chant. Main activity: Introduction to the concept of a pulse/beat. Plenary: Listening exercise using the focus song This Train, identifying a pulse and demonstrating […]

Year 1, Unit 1: Pitch – Lesson 6

Key Learning Objective:  To understand Rondo form and create a class composition based on this structure.   Starter activity: Listening exercise using the track Carl Goes Up by Michael Giacchino. Main activity: Listening and response exercise to Over English Country by David Poore, focusing on how the composer uses the instruments to create a relaxing, gliding sensation. Plenary: Rehearse […]

Year 1, Unit 1: Pitch – Lesson 5

Key Learning Objective:  To understand Rondo form and to create a class composition based on this structure.   Starter activity: Warm up using the song Little Bird, explaining that there are two distinct sections. Main activity: Creation of a themed weather piece in groups, exploring timbre using different instruments. Plenary: Introduction and creation of a Rondo Structure, using […]

Year 1, Unit 1: Pitch – Lesson 4

Key Learning Objective:  To listen to a variety of musical excerpts and identify different tempo. Additional Learning Objectives: To internalise and maintain a pulse. To use relevant musical vocabulary to describe the speed of different musical excerpts.   Starter activity: Listening and response exercise using the tambour, introducing the concept of tempo. Main activity: Demonstrate how pulse […]

Year 1, Unit 1: Pitch – Lesson 3

Key Learning Objective:  To create symbols that represent musical sounds and notate them as a graphic score. Additional Learning Objective: To feel and internalise the pulse in the context of an action songs.   Starter activity: Warm Up using the song; John Kanaka, listen to the performance track until everyone is familiar with the melody. Main activity: Introduction […]

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