Pulse and Rhythm (All About Me)

A great introductory topic for Year 1 that includes lots of activities for getting to know one another. Through listening to a range of different music and playing games, children learn to identify the difference between the pulse and rhythm of a song and consolidate their understanding of these concepts through listening and performing activities

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Lesson 1: My Favourite Things

To begin the topic, children are shown how to feel the pulse in music and are given the chance to experiment with percussion instruments

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Lesson 2: You’ve Got a Friend

Children learn to play rhythms on untuned percussion instruments to deepen their understanding of pulse and rhythm

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Lesson 3: Dance, Dance, Dance

In this lesson, children develop their ‘thinking voice’ by internalising the pulse when listening to music

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Lesson 4: Happy

Through the 'call and response' method, pupils listen out for rhythms and then repeat them

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Lesson 5: Pulse and Rhythm

After identifying the pulse in several songs, pupils practise performing either the pulse or rhythm to highlight the differences between the two

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