Planning music lessons for young children

Music Playtime is a complete, music scheme based on the most popular topics. You can subscribe to Early Years/Reception OR to Key Stage 1, OR to both at a discount price. The topics have the same titles for Early Years/Reception and KS1 but the focus, activities and difficulty level are different so the scheme may be started in the Early Years and continue through KS1 with no repetition. Access to the complete scheme facilitates inclusivity for many SEND pupils at KS1, with everyone enjoying the same topic at their own level.

The Topics are Medium Term Plans

Every topic is a medium-term plan and has plenty of material for several lessons so all you need to do is follow the easy guide below to plan in more detail week by week. There are enough topics for two per term - and some to spare so you have a choice. Each topic covers the complete range of activities: Introductory activities, Songs and chants, Skills and games, Creative work, Listening and movement, Cross-curricular activities. The most important musical concepts and skills are all taken care of by Music Playtime.

Weekly Lesson Plans

Early Years children enjoy and learn best from daily, bite-sized music activities with lots of repetition. At Key Stage 1, lessons can include several, linked activities and more structured lesson plans are needed. The sample lesson plans with assessment criteria for KS1 (downloadable at the start of the Ourselves and Our Friends unit) show how easy it is for you to make your own plans using Music Playtime - the activities are clearly categorised, and relevant Elements of Music are given. Here's an example of a weekly lesson plan:

Screen Shot Lesson Plan

A weekly lesson length of 30 minutes is thought to be sufficient for Key Stage 1 children (although I find that children want to carry on for longer). Sometimes, you'll cover more, or less, than intended - or you'll go with inspirational flow into a completely unplanned activity. I believe that, after the initial lesson in a series, being responsive as well as proactive within the broad outline is the best way to teach.


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