Music Content Year 1

Content/Outcomes

The content of the curriculum will enable the following outcomes.

Instrumental – Using tuned and untuned percussion

All children will be given and taught the recorder in the Summer term of Year 1 to continue through to Year 2.

Acquiring and developing skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • identify rhythm and pulse
  • maintain a steady beat following a variety of tempo
  • perform simple rhythmic pattern to a steady pulse
  • identify high, medium and low notes
  • identify long and short sounds and explore on a variety of instruments
  • maintain a specific mood
  • respond to symbols (notation) when playing
  • respond to a conductor when playing

At the end of the year some children could

  • begin to choose symbols to represent their own sounds
  • identify pitch changes

Selecting and applying skills

At the end of the year most children should

  • follow symbols to perform in groups with several instruments
  • select and combine instruments to tell a story or create a scene or create a mood
  • change sounds to reflect different stimuli – e.g. animals moving faster or feeling sad

By the end of the year some children could

  • order sounds with a beginning, middle and end
  • play instruments in different ways to describe the mood of a story or song

Singing and Chanting

Acquiring and developing skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • sing with a sense of the shape of the rhythm
  • sing with a sense of the beat
  • show dynamics, loud and quiet
  • respond to a conductor
  • sing at different pitches

By the end of the year some children could

  • follow the line of the pitch
  • sing with an awareness of the structure of the song; introduction, verse and chorus

Selecting and applying skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • sing a range of familiar songs
  • learn a variety of songs
  • sing in unison
  • begin to sing in a round
  • sing whilst maintaining a beat or simple accompaniment

By the end of the year some children could

  • sing with expression, following the mood of the music

Listening

Acquiring and developing skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • maintain the beat through clapping, conducting, playing
  • recognise different features such as dynamics
  • begin to recognise the different instruments playing
  • recognise the mood of a piece

By the end of the year some children could

  • begin to recognise pitch changes

Selecting and applying skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • identify sounds and repeated patterns in a piece of music
  • respond to music with movement
  • begin to listen with appreciation

By the end of the year some children could

  • begin to share ideas about what they have heard using appropriate vocabulary
  • begin to understand how the mood or picture in a piece of music can be created

Evaluating and Improving Performance

At the end of the year most children should

  • describe activity using appropriate vocabulary
  • comment constructively on own performance and that of others
  • talk about similarities and differences between own and others’ performance
  • suggest ways to improve performances
  • express likes and dislikes and give reasons

At the end of the year some children could

  • see how their work is similar to and different from others’ and use this understanding to improve own performance
  • listen and describe own and others’ performances and suggest ways to improve