Year 2 Rationale
‘Hands, Feet, Heart’ is the song learned in the first term. The style of the song is Afropop, South African. Within the unit, children learn about South African music. Children start each lesson by listening and appraising a different music in the style as the song they are learning. They answer questions about the style of music using musical vocabulary. Examples of the questions are: Do you like the song? What can you hear? What is the style of the music? How is the song put together? The same questions are asked each week to different songs so children can build up their understanding of the questions, compare different songs and use the correct musical vocabulary.
Children then take part in warm up games, including vocal warm-ups focusing on pulse, rhythm and pitch building on previous learning in Year 1. Each week is progressive, with children learning new skills each week. Week 1 involves learning to sing the song. Week 2 involves learning to play the instrument (glockenspiel), using notes (G, A, C). Week 3 involves improvising the song. Weeks 4-6 focusses on composing with the song. The learning from previous weeks is recapped at the beginning of the following lesson. The last stage of the lesson is the children performing what they have learned in the lesson.
The Unit of Work for Autumn 2 is ‘lighter’ in content giving opportunity for children to learn Christmas songs for the School Nativity. The children learn to sing the song ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ (Christmas song). They learn to sing the song and play the glockenspiel (notes G, B, C and D) alongside the music. The same lesson structure is followed at the beginning of the lesson by children listening and appraising different styles of music. Children then participate in flexible games to support their understanding of pulse and rhythm, building on previous learning from last half-term. The end of the lesson is spent performing the song.
‘I Wanna Play In A Band’ is a Rock song which the children learn to sing. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different songs in the styles of music they are learning about. Children then complete the warm-up games (including vocal warm-ups). Children progress through the weeks by learning to sing the song, playing the instrument (glockenspiel/recorder), improvise and compose.
‘Zootime’ is the song learned in Spring 2 (Reggae style). The main learning for this unit is centred around Reggae and animals. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different styles of music. Children then complete the warm-up games (including vocal warm-ups). Children learn to sing the song and play the glockenspiel (notes C and D). As the unit progresses, children improvise and compose with the song.
‘Friendship song’ is a Pop song themed around friends. The listen and appraise part of the lesson allows children to listen to different styles of friendship songs. The Music activities allow children to learn the song and play an instrument (glockenspiel/recorders) using notes C, E and G (glockenspiel). The weeks then progress and children improvise and compose with the song.
During this half-term, children complete the ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’ part of the scheme. This allows children to consolidate their learning of the whole scheme of work taught in the year. During the listen and appraise section, children listen to Classical music. During this unit they learn about the history of music and learn some of the language of music. The Interrelated Dimensions of Music learned in Year 2 are built upon next year.