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Topic – Week beginning 25th January 2021 – Music focus

This week we will be continuing our topic focus of Beat, Band, Boogie

As last week the lessons will be added as subjects rather than days so pick and choose what you fancy doing each day. Enjoy!

Science Investigate your sense of hearing. Cup your hands over your ears and explore whether this changes the sounds you can hear and whether you can hear more or less. Make ‘ears’ of different sizes from thick cardboard. Predict what will happen when you listen to sounds when wearing the different sized ears. Test the cardboard ears and record your findings. Find out whether bigger ears can hear quieter sounds or whether smaller ears can hear more.

‘Ears’ could be made using differently sized or shaped cardboard pieces, cupped behind the ears or held with a headband.

The pinna, or outer ear, acts as a sound collector, gathering and funnelling sounds down the ear canal. Data loggers with sound sensors could be used to demonstrate the actual differences in sound levels and confirm their results.

Sound collectors

Science 2 – Make a sound map – You are going to plot a range of different sounds that you hear indoors and out on a sound map, indicating the location of each sound. Sit in a quiet area to listen carefully and mark the sounds you hear with a cross on your maps, labelling each cross with the name or source of the sound.

How to make your sound map -
Sounds maps are easily constructed by folding an A4 piece of paper in half and then half again, before unfolding to reveal the four quarters. Draw a small picture of themselves where the lines cross in the middle of the unfolded paper.

Chose somewhere in your house to sit and listen carefully for a few minutes. Then mark on the paper when you hear a sound, ensuring that the sound is placed in the correct quarter on your paper (whether the sound is in front, behind, left or right). Repeat the activity in different places and make comparisons.

Music – You will need a few short clips of music for this. Make sure you include a range of music types - slow, fast, heavy drum, mystical, vocal, or classical etc. You tube is good for short clips or any music you already have at home that you listen to.

Lie down in a comfortable space, close your eyes and listen carefully to each short piece of music. Think about the music, explaining how it makes you think or feel. Listen to each one and compare how different pieces make you feel. Choose and describe your favourite.

Allow your imagination to run wild. Listen again to the clips of music, draw or write about what it makes you think about. Does it make you happy or sad, excited or sleepy? What images or pictures come into your mind when you hear it? Draw, paint or write about what you come up with.

Music – Continuing to think about pulse and rhythm, watch the video and join in. Try to learn the song. Maybe start by listening a few times and just clicking or clapping along to the beat and then start to learn the rhythm and words to the song. It is an introduction to jazz rhythm and pulse, including a jazz song to learn. Lyrics and music for the jazz song 'Slick City Spats' are introduced.

Also remember to check out the PE lessons sent through on the website and Dojo from the PE coaches.


Don’t forget to send your work into school through Dojo or the Year 2 email -