What to Expect in Term 3?
Term 3 is a turning point in the year; we see many
students achieve break-throughs in class in their learning and
development as confidence and independence grow.
Children will continue to extend their musical skills
through a range of activities, many of which are centred around the
themes of Animals and Transport.
6 - 15 month olds will continue to build on their listening skills by
playing percussion instruments in stop and start activities. Prop and
puppet activities will help extend their concentration and eye
tracking skills. Babies will develop a feeling for musical phrasing
through peek-a-boo activities, lap plays and movement activities.
They will continue to participate in dances with their carers to
reinforce a steady sense of beat and listen to different styles of
music. As they become older they will begin to watch others in the
room and start to copy what they see in action songs and instrumental
1-2 year olds will continue to build on their
listening skills by playing percussion instruments in stop and start
activities. Prop and puppet activities will help extend their
concentration and focus. Children will enjoy coming out from under
their scarves and saying 'boo!' to everyone in peekaboo songs. At
this stage of the year the children will also enjoy showing everyone
what actions they would like to do for the Welcome Song, sometimes
without their carers' help!
2-3 year old children will reinforce their
understanding of tempo and dynamics through a range of songs and
movement activities. They will develop their dramatic play skills
with songs such as 'Five Little Ducks' and 'Miss Polly Had a Dolly'.
Children will continue to play percussion instruments to explore the
elements of music and will begin to participate in simple group and
individual performance activities. As their language skills develop,
they will start talking about the music they hear and the activities
they participate in.
3-4 year old children will
continue to consolidate their understanding of dynamics (piano/forte)
and tempo (lento/presto) through singing, moving and playing
instruments. They will learn about the elements of music through the
theme of 'transport', singing and moving to songs about cars, buses,
trains and trams. Children will extend their understanding of high
and low by learning about where these sounds live in the 'Music
House' (music staff). The lessons will continue to offer children
opportunities to make choices about how they perform musical works
and to perform in front of the group.
4-5 year old children will extend their
reading skills and be introduced to basic melodic notation. They will
learn to follow simple two-note melodies on the music staff and sing
them before transferring them to their chime bars. Children will play
musical games that further develop their listening skills and require
them to sing solos. They will also build on their understanding of
rhythm and start to make crotchets (taa) and quavers (ti-ti)
conscious. They will learn how to draw these notes and how to sight
read basic rhythm patterns. Children will participate in ensemble
activities using their chime bars and a range of percussion