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Schemes of Work

Music at key stages 1 and 2



Unit 1. Ongoing skills
Unit 2. Sounds interesting - Exploring sounds
Unit 3. The long and the short of it - Exploring duration
Unit 4. Feel the pulse - Exploring pulse and rhythm
Unit 5. Taking off - Exploring pitch
Unit 6. What's the score? - Exploring instruments and symbols
Unit 7. Rain, rain, go away - Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics
Unit 8. Ongoing skills
Unit 9. Animal magic - Exploring descriptive sounds
Unit 10. Play it again - Exploring rhythmic patterns
Unit 11. The class orchestra - Exploring arrangements
Unit 12. Dragon scales - Exploring pentatonic scales
Unit 13. Painting with sound - Exploring sound colours
Unit 14. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard - Exploring singing games
Unit 15. Ongoing skills
Unit 16. Cyclic patterns - Exploring rhythm and pulse
Unit 17. Roundabout - Exploring rounds
Unit 18. Journey into space - Exploring sound sources
Unit 19. Songwriter - Exploring lyrics and melody
Unit 20. Stars, hide your fires - Performing together
Unit 21. Who knows? - Exploring musical processes

What is this scheme of work?

This scheme shows how the music programme of study for key stages 1 and 2 can be translated into manageable units of work.

The scheme is not statutory; you can use as much or as little as you wish. You could use the whole scheme or individual units. The sections on ‘using this scheme’ and ‘sequencing the units’ can help you to decide how you want to use the scheme.

The units are aimed at pupils who are attaining at levels that are broadly appropriate for their age. You may therefore need to adapt them to meet your pupils’ needs. The ‘Adapting units’ section provides guidance on doing this.

You may also wish to combine these units with units from another subject. The ‘Combining units’ section gives information on exploiting powerful links between subjects.