Classic music, dynamics and tempo

Free access during school closures. Using this animal themed topic, children use their bodies and instruments to listen and respond to pieces of classical music that represent animals. They learn and perform a song as a class and compose a short section of music as a group, with a focus on dynamics and tempo

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Lesson 1: Percussive animals

Free access during school closures. After moving expressively in response to music, children then embody animals, before exploring how different instruments can be used to represent them

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Lesson 2: Singing animals

Free access during school closures. Children listen to classical pieces of animal themed music, moving in ways to represent these animals and learn a song from memory as a class

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Lesson 3: Performing Animals

Free access during school closures. Clapping the syllables to simple rhythms, children developing their understanding of rhythm, then turn the song they learnt in Lesson 2 into a performance with the addition of dynamics and percussion

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Lesson 4: Composing Animals

Free access during school closures. Using percussion instruments, the children create a class improvisation of a piece of music representing a tortoise, eagle, cheetah and an eagle, focussing on improving the overall sound through their timing, tempo and dynamics

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Lesson 5: The Story of the Lion

Free access during school closures: In response to a story, children work in groups to create compositions for sections of the story, selecting appropriate instruments and focusing on tempo and dynamics, before joining their pieces together to perform as a class

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