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Key Stage 2 Musical Contexts Resources

All of the Key Stage 2 units above have been updated to include the new Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Music Programmes of Study (effective from September 2014) on Lesson Plans (and in Lesson Bundle Zip Files) and Schemes of Work.  Musical Contexts has retained the “National Curriculum Level Descriptors” as a way or monitoring and measuring pupils’ Learning Outcomes in both the Schemes of Work, Lesson Plans and on various associated resources such as the “My Learning” plenary activities which occur at the end of each unit. 

Key Stage 2 Elements Focus

Each unit in Musical Contexts focuses on one of more of the Elements of Music - Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Timbre & Dynamics, Melody & Harmony and Structure and Form.  The following overview of Key Stage 2 units shows the elements covered and may assist long-term planning through the key stage and between key stages 2 and 3.

With regard to the new “Primary Curriculum” -  sadly the new ‘topics’, such as “The Stone Age”, “Islamic Civilisations” and “The Indus Valley” do not ‘lend’ themselves to ‘musical connections’ as well as the previous ones.  Therefore, Musical Contexts has retained the above ‘topics’ as a basis for units as some schools are reverting back to the above ‘tried and tested’ units which have more of a natural music-focus.  Should more ‘music-friendly’ units appear within the Primary Curriculum in the future, new units will be added. 

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Key Stage 2 Unit 1

Water Music

 

 

Exploring Melodic Shape & Dynamics

Key Stage 2 Unit 2

Weather & Seasons

 

Exploring Textures, Harmony & Baroque Music

Key Stage 2 Unit 3

Animal Crackers

 

 

Exploring Descriptive Music

Key Stage 2 Unit 4

Haunted House

 

 

Exploring Sound Sources & Graphic Scores

Key Stage 2 Unit 5

Ancient Egypt

 

Exploring Dynamics, Texture & The Harmonic Minor Scale

Key Stage 2 Unit 6

Ancient Greece

 

Exploring Triple Time, the Pentatonic Scale & the Leitmotif

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 2 Unit 7

The Victorians

 

Exploring Street Cries and Music Hall

 

 

Key Stage 2 Unit 8

Machine Music

 

Exploring Graphic Scores & Cycles

Key Stage 2 Unit 9

Britain Since 1930

 

Exploring Music of the Second World War

Key Stage 2 Unit 10

The Tudors

 

Exploring Music from a Historical Period

Key Stage 2 Unit 11
Journey into Space

(a rewrite of Y8U6)

 

Exploring Programme Music & Dynamics

Unit Title

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Elements

KS2 Unit 1

Water Music

KS2 Unit 2

Weather & Seasons

KS2 Unit 3

Animal Crackers

KS2 Unit 4

Haunted House

KS2 Unit 5 Ancient Egypt

KS2 Unit 6
Ancient Greece

KS2 Unit 7 The Victorians

Rhythm

 

 

 

 

 

Pitch

 

 

Texture

 

 

 

 

Timbre & Dynamics

Melody & Harmony

 

 

 

Structure & Form

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Title

&

Elements

KS2 Unit 8

Machine Music

KS2 Unit 9 Britain Since 1930

KS2 Unit 10

The Tudors

KS2 Unit 11

Journey Into Space

Rhythm

Pitch

 

 

Texture

 

 

Timbre & Dynamics

Melody & Harmony

 

 

 

 

Structure & Form