Musical chaos in our living room.

Year 2
Music

Our activities encourage children to play, explore, observe, build, create and much more. We promote child-led learning, inspiring confidence and independence as children develop their own ideas and understanding. Discover this topic by playing games to discover body percussion, make up silly rhythms and enjoy listening to recorded music. Design and create your own musical instruments. Hands-On Education's Year 1 and Year 2 music activities are exactly the same as the national standards are identical. We are passionate about providing positive educational experiences for children through interactive and engaging hands-on activities.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 5 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 1 design criteria activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Design & Technology, Music, Physical Education and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Design & Technology = Music = Physical Education = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
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Activity One - Body Percussion

Activity 1
Body Percussion

  • Mu1/1.1 use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Pe1/1.1c perform dances using simple movement patterns
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body
Activity Two - Making Musical Instruments

Activity 2
Making Musical Instruments

  • Musical Instrument Design Criteria Activity Sheet

  • Water Glass Xylophone:
  • 3 – 7 glasses the same size
  • Water
  • Measuring jug
  • Food colouring

  • Straw Pipe
  • Straws
  • Tape
  • Scissors

  • Rice Shaker
  • 3 – 5 plastic/ glass jars with lids
  • Rice

  • Box Drums
  • Cardboard boxes of different sizes
  • Yoghurt pots and containers
  • Tape

  • Stringed Box
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bands
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • DT1/1.1a design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • DT1/1.1b generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • DT1/1.2a select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • DT1/1.2b select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • DT1/1.3b evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
Activity Three - Listening Games

Activity 3
Listening Games

  • A variety of percussion instruments for example:
  • drums
    maracas
    tambourine
    xylophone
    harmonica
    recorder
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Activity Four - My Voice

Activity 4
My Voice

  • Mu1/1.1 use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Activity Five - Listening To A Range Of Music

Activity 5
Listening To A Range Of Music

  • Access to a range of recorded music
  • Mu1/1.3 listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
Useful Websites

Full body percussion performance: Connect It
If you are within the UK you can view an amazing body percussion performance by children. This is truly inspiring and I definitely recommend this.
If you are outside of the UK search for it on YouTube but still check out the cool activities on the Ten Pieces website.

Recommended Radio

Expanding your child’s musical journey can be as simple as putting the radio on during breakfast. Here are some stations we enjoy:

BBC Radio 3

Classical music without advertising available free worldwide on the BBC Sounds app.

Radio Barbouillots

This is a French kids radio station. There is very little speaking and a wide range of music styles and sounds. If you don't speak French, like our family, it is absolutely fine as there is more music than anything else. This also exposes your children to new languages in a passive way.
The link above is to the website where you can directly stream or find the app link.

Symbols Key

    = Activity Plan
    = Activity Sheet(s)
Relation to Curriculum in England:
    = Design & Technology
    = Music Links
    = PE Links
    = Science Links
Activity One - Body Percussion

Activity 1
Body Percussion

Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Mu1/1.1 use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Pe1/1.1c perform dances using simple movement patterns
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body
Downloads:
Activity Two - Making Musical Instruments

Activity 2
Making Musical Instruments

Practical Resources:
  • Musical Instrument Design Criteria Activity Sheet

  • Water Glass Xylophone:
  • 3 – 7 glasses the same size
  • Water
  • Measuring jug
  • Food colouring

  • Straw Pipe
  • Straws
  • Tape
  • Scissors

  • Rice Shaker
  • 3 – 5 plastic/ glass jars with lids
  • Rice

  • Box Drums
  • Cardboard boxes of different sizes
  • Yoghurt pots and containers
  • Tape

  • Stringed Box
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Elastic bands
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • DT1/1.1a design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • DT1/1.1b generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • DT1/1.2a select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • DT1/1.2b select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • DT1/1.3b evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
Downloads:
Activity Three - Listening Games

Activity 3
Listening Games

Practical Resources:
  • A variety of percussion instruments for example:
  • drums
    maracas
    tambourine
    xylophone
    harmonica
    recorder
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Downloads:
Activity Four - My Voice

Activity 4
My Voice

Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Mu1/1.1 use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Downloads:
Activity Five - Listening To A Range Of Music

Activity 5
Listening To A Range Of Music

Practical Resources:
  • Access to a range of recorded music
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Mu1/1.3 listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
Downloads:
Useful Websites

Full body percussion performance: Connect It
If you are within the UK you can view an amazing body percussion performance by children. This is truly inspiring and I definitely recommend this.
If you are outside of the UK search for it on YouTube but still check out the cool activities on the Ten Pieces website.

Recommended Radio

Expanding your child’s musical journey can be as simple as putting the radio during breakfast. Here are some stations we enjoy:

BBC Radio 3

Classical music without advertising available free worldwide on the BBC Sounds app.

Radio Barbouillots

This is a French kids radio station. There is very little speaking and a wide range of music styles and sounds. If you don't speak French, like our family, it is absolutely fine as there is more music than anything else. This also exposes your children to new languages in a passive way.
The link above is to the website where you can directly stream or find the app link.

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