Year 2 Music

Music lessons in year 2...

By the end of Year 2 children will

  1. Listen and Appraise: Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. The children will continue to listen to a variety of musical styles from different times, traditions and composers. They will learn to recognise the sounds of musical instruments and basic features of key musical styles. Discussions will be encouraged using musical language.
  2. Musical Activities: Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically.

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music.

Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

3. Perform and Share: Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically.

Autumn Term

Autumn 1

Hands, Feet, Heart - Music from South Africa

  1. . To recognise and name two or more instruments they hear.
  2. To march in time to the pulse.
  3. To know that rhythm is different to the pulse.
  4. To play instruments accurately and in time.
  5. To compose a simple melody using simple rhythms and use as part of the performance.
  6. To evaluate their performance.

Autumn 2

Ho Ho Ho - Winter time, Festivals and Christmas time

  1. To understand that songs have a musical style.
  2. To be a rapper and find the pulse.
  3. To understand pitch.
  4. To sing and rap together in time.
  5. To play accurately and in time.
  6. To evaluate the recorded performance.

Spring Term

Spring 1

I wanna play in a band - Rock Music

  1. To know that songs have a musical style.
  2. To be a rockstar and find the pulse.
  3. To sing and dance together, in time and using actions.
  4. To play accurately and in time.
  5. To improvise in lessons and during the performance.
  6. To compose a simple melody with simple rhythms.

Spring 2

Zootime - Reggae Music

  1. To recognise and name some of the instruments they hear.
  2. To know the pitch is the high and low sounds that are added to the pulse and rhythm when we sing/play an instrument.
  3. To sing and dance together, in time and using actions.
  4. To play their instrument accurately and in time using C & D.
  5. To compose a simple melody using simple rhythms using C, D & E.
  6. To say what they like best about the performance.


Summer Term

Summer 1

Friendship Song

  1. To recognise and name some of the instruments that they hear.
  2. To decide how to find the pulse.
  3. To create their own rhythms for the class to copy back.
  4. To sing in two parts.
  5. To say how they felt during a performance


Summer 2

Reflect, Rewind and Replay

  1. Listen & Appraise (descriptions for all strands as above)
  2. Musical Activities - a new activity is added until Step 4:
  • Games
  • Singing
  • Playing
  • Improvisation
  • Composition

3. Perform/Share