KS2 Music activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit.
Two half-term projects, both of which cover several curriculum areas.
Curriculum areas: Play and perform in different contexts, compose music, appraising skills, listening skills, using musical notation
- Let the children work in groups.
- Give an account of their farm visit.
- Select an instrument for each main element of the story (or use each instrument more than
once but in a different way).
- Compose a rhythm or tune which will represent each part, animal seen, funny moment.
- Now move away from the order of events and experiment with combining the different sounds and decide on an order, repeating some elements throughout the piece.
- Decide on a way to begin and end the piece.
- Make up a simple notation for each part.
- Write out the structure of the piece using the notation.
- Practice and perform.
- Write a rap using a well- known farm nursery rhyme such as Old McDonald:
- Establish a pulse and rhythm if it doesn't have one (or change the original rhythm).
- Say the rhyme or song in time with the rhythm.
- Change rhythm and repeat.
- Keeping rhythm going as an interlude between lines.
- Repeat the lines, repeat the words.
- Add another contrasting rhythm.
- Put in a beginning and end.
- Add in new words.
- Improvise using gaps, repeated words, sudden silences, an ostinato (repeating accompaniment) of words underneath.
- Experiment with a pulsating ostinato underpinning the rap.
- Record the rap and listen to it.
- Rehearse and perform
For the musical story:
- A variety of percussion instruments.
- At least one tuned instrument per group
For the rap:
- A collection of nursery rhymes with a farm basis