Whilst memories of our primary school days may be foggy – plenty of time has passed, lets be honest, who doesn’t remember their time singing songs and banging away on a tambourine or tinkling on a triangle.
What maybe we don’t realise is that music is important as it can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect, feeling and allows personal expression and emotional development. As part of our culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music is a key part of our school lives. What follows is our recommended resources for Primary School Music.
Musical Mysteries: This interactive site is designed to support the Northern Ireland Music curriculum for students in Key Stage 1 and 2. It encourages students to explore basic musical concepts, including sound, rhythm and mood. The site has three different areas, for pupils, parents and teachers, respectively. The Pupils’ area comprises eight different activities, meant for use with downloadable worksheets. There are four different themes for students to work their way through: Sound, Rhythm, Mood and Orchestra. The activities use tools like puzzles and games to bring children closer to music and the result is a highly useful site that parents and teachers will love using alongside children. It’s not all about fun and games, though; a series of quizzes will test your knowledge so make sure to memorise concepts as you go along!
School Radio – Early Learning: This site invites early learners (aged 3 to 5) to learn to love music through an array of stories, music, movement and songs. There are nursery rhymes, stimulus sounds and a library of over 200 effects, grouped by popular Early Years topics.
School Radio – Music: This site contains a host of downloadable mp3 programmes for use with Key Stage 1 and 2 students, which are based on the National Curriculum guidelines. A handy set of Teacher’s Notes provides the words and music sheets for each of the songs provided, and each series contains all the material required for an entire term.
Heroes of Troy: Join vocal coach, David Grant, as he takes you through the Trojan War through a series of songs from a variety of genres (including pop, soul and swing). Download the music notation and backing tracks and set up your own karaoke at home or in class!
Cymru: Syrcas Gerdd: This website, aimed at children aged 7 to 11, entertains and educates young ones through a number of activities including Jukebox (in which kids are invited to select from all sorts of musical genres, rock to pop, reggae to hiphop), Music Kitchen (a series of rhythm and sound activities) and Composing Cabin, in which users can choose a video clip and create a soundtrack for it by selecting from different instruments, styles and rhythms.
Tune In: Discover some of Scotland’s most unique musical instruments, mix different sounds together, and have fun with an amazing interactive musical map of Scotland. Click on the map and listen to compositions by different musicians or enjoy the alluring sounds of everything from a lively piano concert to a funky bagpipe performance!
Webanywhere: This resource divides material into two categories, for use with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 students, respectively. Featuring free downloadable songs, lesson plans, fun activities, and games like Rodent Choir, in which kids can click on mice to compose a quirky number. Musical Mysteries invites children to create their own compositions by experimenting with different instruments and rhythms. A fun Virtual Keyboard, meanwhile, can be of great help while going through the National Curriculum’s ‘Composing and Appraising’ section.
We hope that you have found these resources useful and maybe provided some inspiration to how you may include music into your home. If you have found additional resources that you think are great, then please let us know that via the comments.