Music Content Year 2

Content/Outcomes

The content of the curriculum will enable the following outcomes.

Instrumental work

First Access Recorder Programme

All children in the year group have a recorder and book provided by the Friends of Valley End. The school has adapted the First Access Recorder Programme to suit the needs of the children.

Acquiring and developing skills

At the end of the year most children should:

  • hold the instrument correctly
  • experiment with sounds
  • play notes (B, A, G) with the correct fingering, covering holes completely and with an awareness of posture
  • tongue notes creating a clear and controlled sound
  • breathe at appropriate times
  • understand the theory (for music notation)
  • recognise and draw the notes B, A and G using traditional notation
  • maintain a steady beat when playing
  • copy simple rhythms
  • experiment with dynamics
  • care for their instrument

At the end of the year some children could:

  • play clearly notes E and C
  • recognise and draw the notes E and C using traditional notation

Selecting and Applying Skills

At the end of the year most children should:

  • begin to phrase melodies
  • compose and improvise using notes and techniques they have learnt
  • perform confidently in an ensemble
  • create and perform a sequence of long and short sounds
  • create and perform different rhythmic patterns to a steady pulse
  • perform pitch patterns from notation
  • follow symbols to perform sound sequences
  • create a sound story or a scene by organising sounds in a simple structure
  • use expression to create an effect e.g. rain getting heavier or stopping

At the end of the year some children could:

  • create sequence of sounds and record by symbols or traditional notation
  • combine and layer musical patterns (and silences) from different instruments to tell a story or describe a scene or create a mood

Singing

Acquiring and developing skills

By the end of the year the children should:

  • Follow the line of the pitch
  • Follow the beat
  • Be aware of tempo and dynamics
  • Blend their voice with others
  • Hear the way sounds are combined
  • Sing with an awareness of the structure of a song; introduction, verse and chorus

By the end of the year some children could:

  • Hear the way sounds are combined
  • Adapt their style of singing to match the song

Selecting and applying skills

By the end of the year most children should:

  • Sing confidently a wide variety of songs (including from different cultures)
  • Sing in unison and in a round being aware of other performers
  • Sing in tune with an awareness of the shape of the melody
  • Sing with expression, following the mood of the music
  • Perform confidently in a “choir” (in assembly, to parents and within the community)

By the end of the year some children could

  • Sing confidently in a small group
  • Sing a solo

Listening

Acquiring and developing skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • respond to the beat by playing or movement
  • begin to recognise pitch changes
  • recognise and identify different features when music changes such as dynamics
  • recognise a variety of different orchestral instruments playing
  • recognise and describe the mood of a piece

By the end of the year some children could

  • hear and recognise different layers within the music- in a round for example.

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 and with appreciation and describe opinions
  • 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

By the end of the year some children could

  • describe which instruments should accompany a song and how they should be played

Evaluating and Improving Performance

At the end of the year most children should:

  • suggest improvements
  • use appropriate vocabulary
  • comment constructively on their own performance and that of others
  • compare and contrast their own and others’ performance
  • express likes and dislikes and give reasons
  • comment on similarities and difference

At the end of the year some children could

  • comment on own skills
  • recognise how a performance could be improved
  • notice similarities and differences in others’ work and use this understanding to improve their own performance