Key Stage 2

← Return to curriculum resources menu

Key Stage 2 Musical Activities and Resources

These activities and resources are for teachers working with pupils in Key Stage 2.

Additional activities for pupils receiving small group/individual instrumental or vocal tuition can be found on our 'Resources for Pupils' page.

      


   

         

                    

     


 

Curriculum


  • Reading Treble Clef

A video tutorial Aimed at Key Stage 2 and suitable for KS1, presented by Mr Simons (primary school teacher and Musica Youth Strings Musical Director):


A fun quiz for pupils (and teachers!)


A quiz about classical composers (answers provided!)


A wordsearch to familiarise pupils with the names of parts of the classical guitar


A wordsearch using the names of parts of the electric guitar


A worksheet to Introduce the differences between tuned and un-tuned percussion


Pupils can practise and revise notation using the worksheet.  Answers provided on the separate PDF.


Using garden minibeasts as the foundation of some basic composition and rhythm work.


A worksheet for pupils to compose a short piece of music.


A Worksheet to create a 16 bar composition


A composition exercise for guitarists


A fun warm up for beginner guitarists.


  • 'Roman Numerals'

A song to help pupils learn Roman Numerals:


A worksheet and video tutorial for beginner guitarists:


A creative way to explore Eminor with video tutorial, worksheet and backing track:


  • Tuning a Ukulele

A simple guide to tuning a ukulele for teachers and parents/carers:



Three short step-by-step booklets for absolute beginner ukulele players.  An idea way for parents/carers and children to learn together, or to be used in the classroom.

 


All abilities can enjoy learning to play this wartime song on the ukulele:


A collection of chords and lyrics to familiar traditional songs.  Chord patterns provided for ukulele accompaniment.


Sheet music for school singing including piano accompaniment. 


  • African Sounds

An education video exploring the rhythms of African music.  May be particularly of interest to students learning about world music or playing percussion instruments:


Educational resources organised by Key Stage.  Lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts and feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games.


Resources from the initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, that aims to open up the world of classical music to children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses  


600 concerts available to watch online for free from a world class orchestra


A website featuring interactive educational games, worksheets and information for use by children, parents/carers and teachers


Backing tracks, lyric sheets and performance tracks to download for free for songs chosen for the Kirklees Primary Music Festival 2020. 


Resources recommended for teachers to use for planning home lessons for students.


Free online music theory educational lesson presentations


A huge range of backing tracks, sheet music, worksheets and lyrics for classroom singing.  The 'Song of the Week' resources are available for free.

TOP OF PAGE


  

Choirs and School Singing


  • Vocal Warm Up

A simple vocal warm up exercise to prepare for singing:


Backing tracks, lyric sheets and performance tracks to download for free for songs chosen for the Kirklees Primary Music Festival 2020. 


Sheet music for school singing including piano accompaniment. 


A huge range of backing tracks, sheet music, worksheets and lyrics for classroom singing.  The 'Song of the Week' resources are available for free.


A collection of chords and lyrics to familiar traditional songs.  Chord patterns provided for ukulele accompaniment.


  • 'Roman Numerals'

A song to help pupils learn Roman Numerals:

TOP OF PAGE


  

WCET - General Musicianship


  • African Sounds

An education video exploring the rhythms of African music.  May be particularly of interest to students learning about world music or playing percussion instruments:


Resources from the initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, that aims to open up the world of classical music to children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses  


600 concerts available to watch online for free from a world class orchestra


Resources recommended for teachers to use for planning home lessons for students


A quiz about classical composers (answers provided!)


A fun quiz for pupils (and teachers!)


Pupils can practise and revise notation using the worksheet.  Answers provided on the separate PDF.


A worksheet to Introduce the differences between tuned and un-tuned percussion


Using garden minibeasts as the foundation of some basic composition and rhythm work


A worksheet for pupils to compose a short piece of music


A Worksheet to create a 16 bar composition


  • Vocal Warm Up

A simple vocal warm up exercise to prepare for singing:


A fun song with an important message.  Pupils can learn to play the simple tune using the sheet music and tutorial video, or sing along with accompaniment.


Backing tracks, lyric sheets and performance tracks to download for free for songs chosen for the Kirklees Primary Music Festival 2020 


Sheet music for school singing including piano accompaniment 


A huge range of backing tracks, sheet music, worksheets and lyrics for classroom singing.  The 'Song of the Week' resources are available for free.

TOP OF PAGE


  

WCET - Flute


Free sheet music and backing tracks for flute


  • Setting Up a Flute

Mrs Bell shows you how to correctly set up a flute and get ready to play:


  • Notes A and B

Get to know A and B.  Mrs Bell's here to show you how:


Use the worksheet and video to master G, A, B and two new tunes!:


  • Increasing Dynamic Range

Beginner to advanced players can add to their playing by increasing their dynamic range.  Here's how:


A worksheet covering co-ordination, rhythm skills and reading music for flute


A worksheet covering co-ordination, rhythm skills and reading music for clarinet

TOP OF PAGE


WCET - Treble Clef Brass


Bollywood Brass Academy work with children to promote and diversify brass band music.  Their website offers publications and some free resources.


Publications for WCET brass.  Until June 2020, 100% discount available on top ten publications using the discount code 'MUSIC TOGETHER'.


A selection of activities for pupils learning to play in a whole class setting, or to practise at home


  • Posture and Breathing

How to maintain correct posture and breathing in preparation for practice:


  • Embouchure and Note Production

Using the correct technique for playing:


  • Warm Up

Mr Wightman demonstrates a simple way to warm up using scales and arpeggios:


  • Lip Flexibility Exercise Tutorial

Top tips on how to improve lip flexibility:


Exercises specific for each grade (1 to 8)


  • 'We Will Rock You'

It's a rock classic - and here's how to play it:


  • 'Shh! Watch out' and 'F is Funky'

How to play two pieces for Bb treble clef brass.  The music is on the screen to play along:


  • Jurassic Park

How to play the famous theme tune from the Jurassic Park films.  Suitable for WCET beginners to grade 2 standard:


  • 'Boombox'

Another top tune that Bb treble clef brass players can learn:


Bb brass players can improve their articulation and valve co-ordination and strengthen their fingers with this exercise.


  • French Horn - G and F

Get to know G and F with this tutorial from Mr Dolling:


  • French Horn - Boombox, Robots and Bananas!

Four short pieces for French horn using G, F and E:


  • French Horn - G, F, E and Introducing Quavers

Go on a Dinosaur Stomp and learn about quavers and articulation with Mr Dolling:


  • French Horn - 'Ode to Joy'

Play C, D, E, F and G to play a piece of classical music:


  • French Horn - 'William Tell'

Use C and A to play part of 'William Tell':


A piece that can be played as a trio or duet.  Suitable for treble clef brass, bass clef brass or a mixture of the two:

TOP OF PAGE


 

WCET - Bass Clef Brass


Bollywood Brass Academy work with children to promote and diversify brass band music.  Their website offers publications and some free resources.


Publications for WCET brass.  Until June 2020, 100% discount available on top ten publications using the discount code 'MUSIC TOGETHER'.


  • Posture and Breathing

How to maintian correct posture and breathing in preparation for practice:


  • Embouchure and Note Production

Using the correct technique for playing:


  • Warm Up

A simple way to warm up using scales and arpeggios:


  • Lip Flexibility Exercise Tutorial

Top tips on how to improve lip flexibility:


Exercises specific for each grade (1 to 8)


  • Trombone - 'Banana Rap' 1 using F, Eb and D

Tutorial on 'Banana Rap' from the Musica Kirklees Trombone Beginner Book: 


  • Trombone - 'Banana Rap' 2 using Bb, C and D

More 'Banana Rap' fun for bass clef trombone:


  • Trombone - Police Car Jam

Developing playing for bass clef trombone:


  • Trombone - 'Dinosaur Stomp'

Prehistoric practice time!:


  • Trombone - Bb, C and D

Mr Dolling demonstrates how to play Bb, C and D:


  • Trombone - B and C Exercises

Once pupils are familiar with B and C, follow Mr Kingham's video to practice:


Exercise to improve articulation and valve co-ordination as well as strengthen fingers.


  • Trombone - 'Shotgun'

A tutorial on George Ezra's chart topper suitable for WCET beginners up to grade 2:


  • Tuba - Eb, F and G  

Practise minims, crotchets and quavers with Eb, F and G:


  • Tuba - Eb, F, G and Ab

Now you know Eb, F and G it's time to add Ab:


  • Tuba - Bb, 'Funky Fingers' and 'Step by Step'

  Introducing Bb and dynamics:


Ready, steady, go!  Use half scales to increase finger strength as well as improve articulation and valve work:


  • Tuba - 'March of the Ants'

Mr Dolling presents a tutorial for pre-grade 1 to grade 3 players:


A piece that can be played as a trio or duet.  Suitable for treble clef brass, bass clef brass or a mixture of the two:

TOP OF PAGE


 

WCET - Ukulele


  • Tuning a Ukulele

A simple guide to tuning a ukulele for teachers and parents/carers:


Three short step-by-step booklets for absolute beginner ukulele players.  An idea way for parents/carers and children to learn together, or to be used in the classroom.



A collection of chords and lyrics to familiar traditional songs.  Chord patterns provided for ukulele accompaniment.


A fun song with an important message.  Pupils can learn to play the simple tune using the sheet music and tutorial video, or sing along with accompaniment.


All abilities can enjoy learning to play this wartime song on the ukulele:


A good piece for pupils to play at school or at home, with accompaniment or using the mp3 download backing track

TOP OF PAGE


 

WCET - Guitar


A fun warm up for beginner guitarists.


A worksheet and video tutorial for beginner guitarists:


A good piece for students to play at school or at home, with accompaniment or using the mp3 download backing track


A creative way to explore Eminor with video tutorial, worksheet and backing track:


A composition exercise for guitarists


A quiz-style worksheet for pupils working towards classical guitar grades Initial to 3


A wordsearch to familiarise pupils with the names of parts of the classical guitar

TOP OF PAGE


 

WCET - Strings


  •  How to Tune a Violin or Viola     Guide PDF 

A simple PDF guide for tuning a violin or viola.  The video below shows tuning a violin:

TOP OF PAGE


  

Additional Resources


Pupils can track their own practice or musical activities using this Reward Chart.


TOP OF PAGE