Sample Materials

All Musical Contexts units are supported by detailed Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans (available in both .pdf and .doc formats for easy customising!), Listening, Learning, Composing & Evaluating Activities, a range of Performing Activities including Songs and Scores, a selection of Starter & Plenary Activities and Supporting Cover & Homework sheets.  All of the Audio files (.mp3) you’ll need for the unit are located together with their accompanying resources and Performing Activities are supported with MIDI files.  There’s also the option of downloading all the resources needed for each lesson in the Lesson Bundles (.zip) files in just one click!

Download the following presentation - Musical Contexts - An Overview - using the links below to see a range of sample resources from Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 units.  All of the sample resources given below separately are contained within the presentation.

 

All Musical Contexts units are supported by detailed Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans (available in both .pdf and .doc formats for easy customising!), Listening, Learning, Composing & Evaluating Activities, a range of Performing Activities including Songs and Scores and a selection of Starter & Plenary Activities. All of the Audio files (.mp3) you’ll need for the unit are located together with their accompanying resources and Performing Activities are supported with MIDI files.  There’s also the option of downloading all the resources needed for each lesson in the Lesson Bundles (.zip) files in just one click!

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Scheme of Work Sample

Year 7 Unit 2

“Rhythm & Pulse”

Detailed Schemes of Work for each unit contain full listings of all Musical Contexts resources and a summary of all lessons including Learning Objectives, Suggested Teaching and Learning Activities and coverage of the new National Curriculum for Music Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study (effective from September 2014)

Lesson Plan Sample

Year 7 Unit 7
“Medieval Music”

In-depth Lesson Plans provide a suggested step-by-step approach including clear Learning Objectives and Outcomes, Starter, Plenary and Core Activities clearly broken down with suggested timings (based on a 1 hour lesson), Cross-Curricular Links, EAL/SEN & GAT suggestions, Language for Learning Key Words, Musical Contexts Resource Listings and coverage of the new National Curriculum for Music Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study (effective from September 2014)

Listening Activity

Sample - “Listening to

Morning Music”

Year 7 Unit 1

“Night and Day”

Listening Activities develop pupil’s skills of Knowledge and Understanding of the concepts explored during the units.  All Audio Files needed for completing the Listening Activities are included on the site.  Where more than one audio extract is used, these are linked on the same audio file.

Performing Activity Sample - “Samba de Janeiro”

Year 9 Unit 7

“Samba”

Performing Activities come complete with MIDI files modelling and demonstrating how parts sound so that teachers can hear what pieces sound like prior to teaching.  Melodic parts are given separately (including parts for ‘transposing instruments’) as well as Full Scores and original audio files enable teachers and pupils to hear the originals from which arrangements have been taken. 

Composing & Evaluation

Activity Samples - “Mars,

The Bringer of War”

Year 8 Unit 6

“Music & Space”

Composing Activities explore and develop concepts which pupils have been learning about.  In this sample, pupils create a piece of music using an Ostinato and Crescendo, using Holst’s “Mars, The Bringer of War” as a stimulus.  Peer and Self Assessment materials support both Composing and Performing activities. 

Starter & Plenary

Activity Samples

Year 9 Unit 4

“Minimalism”

Starter and Plenary Activities provide valuable “openers” and “closers” to each lesson in the form of puzzles, warm-ups (vocal and instrumental), games and inviting responses from pupils which will later be connected to a particular musical style of concept.

Cover & Homework

Activity Samples

Year 7 Unit 5

“Instruments of

the Orchestra”

Cover & Homework Activities provide relevant resources for those “unplanned” moments!!

“My Learning” Self

Assessment Sample -

“My Reggae Learning”

Year 8 Unit 2

“Offbeat”

“My Learning” Self-Assessment Activities are given at the end of each unit for pupils to reflect on their own learning.  Space is given for pupil reflection and teacher assessments and AFL and pupils can monitor their own learning against National Curriculum Levels. 

Scheme of Work Sample

Key Stage 2 Unit 1

“Water Music”

Detailed Schemes of Work for each unit contain full listings of all Musical Contexts resources and a summary of all lessons including Learning Objectives, Suggested Teaching and Learning Activities and coverage of the new National Curriculum for Music Key Stage 2 Programmes of Study (effective from September 2014)

Lesson Plan Sample

Key Stage 2 Unit 5

“Ancient Egypt”

In-depth Lesson Plans provide a suggested step-by-step approach including clear Learning Objectives and Outcomes, Starter, Plenary and Core Activities clearly broken down with suggested timings (based on a 1 hour lesson), Cross-Curricular Links, EAL/SEN & GAT suggestions, Language for Learning Key Words, Musical Contexts Resource Listings and coverage of the new National Curriculum for Music Key Stage 2 Programmes of Study (effective from September 2014)

Starter & Plenary Activity

Sample - “Medieval Musical

Instruments Card Sort

Key Stage 2 Unit 10

“The Tudors”

Starter and Plenary Activities provide valuable “openers” and “closers” to each lesson in the form of puzzles, warm-ups (vocal and instrumental), games and “card sorts” and inviting responses from pupils which will later be connected to a particular musical style of concept.

Evaluation Activity Sample

“The Haunted House”

Key Stage 2 Unit 4

“The Haunted House”

Evaluation Activities involve both Self and Peer Assessment and allow pupils to reflect and review their learning

Performing Activity Samples

“Victorian Street Cries”

 

 

 

 

“The French Can-Can Polka”

Key Stage 2 Unit 7
“The Victorians”

Performing Tasks are given with note names which can easily be “erased” for Higher Ability Pupils who may be learning to read staff notation.  Graphic Scores and Rhythm Grid Notations are also used, particularly for learning rhythmic ostinato patterns, accompaniments to songs and illustrating melodic shape.  Performing Activities come complete with MIDI files modelling and demonstrating how parts sound so that teachers can hear what pieces sound like prior to teaching. 

Listening Activity

Sample -

“Listening to

Storm Music”

Key Stage 2

Unit 2

“Weather &

Seasons”

Listening Activities develop pupil’s skills of Knowledge and Understanding of the concepts explored during the units.  All Audio Files needed for completing the Listening Activities are included on the site and include a range of styles such as this example which contrasts “Classical” with “Modern Electronic” genres

“My Learning” Self

Assessment Sample

- “My Machine Music

Learning”

Key Stage 2 Unit 8

“Machine Music”

“My Learning” Self-Assessment Activities are given at the end of each unit for pupils to reflect on their own learning.  Space is given for pupil reflection and teacher assessments and AFL and pupils can monitor their own learning against National Curriculum Levels. 

 

Musical Contexts - An Overview

Presentation (.ppt format)