FREE Fully Planned and Covid-Aware Schemes of Work

We are delighted to be able to offer schools the FREE creative resources detailed below.

The Beethoven Anniversary Schemes of Work have been written to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in December 1770. They are also an introduction to our partnership with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, a Leicester-based semi-professional orchestra, who have provided of the audio tracks for us to use.

Please click on a heading below to find out more about each Free resource.

SEND Beethoven Scheme of Work - (All SEND Students)

The SEND scheme of work for Beethoven's 9th Symphony has 3 separate sets of planning: PMLD; Primary & Secondary.

The PMLD planning is organised into separate Activities rather than discreet lessons so that teachers can repeat lessons as many times as they like to embed understanding for their students.

Some of these activities require staff to be theatrical in their approach and interpret the music alongside the students. Other activities will require them to wait, as long as it takes, for students to respond to the different stimuli.

The Primary and Secondary planning both focus on developing students' knowledge of what and orchestra is; what the families of instruments are and how they sound.

The Primary level starts with a Powerpoint which is loosely based around the patterns of "We're All Going on a Bear Hunt". It contains interactive sounds and can be repeated as many times as teachers feel they need for students to develop their knowledge. From there they are taken on a journey to develop their own Beethoven inspired music as a class.

The Secondary level looks at how "Ode to Joy" has inspired many different interpretations of the music. Students are asked to listen to Pop versions, Rock versions, Jazz versions and even one done by the muppets. Their journey is then to take the ideas of form from Beethoven and to use technology and other instruments, where possible, to create their own music.

If anyone would like more information or wants to ask questions about this scheme please contact Alison Mitchell at LSMS.

Lower Primary Beethoven Scheme of Work - (Year 1 - 3)

Years 1, 2 and 3: this scheme uses the well-known 'Ode to Joy' melody as a stimulus to learn about the instruments of the orchestra, to create lyrics for the melody, and to learn to play the melody and an accompaniment on instruments for a performance. There is also a body percussion option if you are not using instruments at this time.

Ode to Joy - Full Bardi Orchestra Performance

Ode to Joy - Section by Section then Full Bardi Orchestra

We hope you enjoy delivering these schemes of work, and always welcome any feedback you may have. Should you also require any additional information about the schemes please contact Becky Bell at becky.bell@leics.gov.uk

Upper Primary Beethoven Scheme of Work - (Year 4 - 6)

Years 4, 5 and 6: this scheme uses the 1st movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and the famous 'Da Da Da Daaa' fate motif (theme) as a stimulus to learn about the instruments of the orchestra and to improvise, compose and perform their own motifs and music. There is also a body percussion option if you are not using instruments at this time.

Beethoven 5th Symphony - 1st Movement - Bardi Orchestra

We hope you enjoy delivering these schemes of work, and always welcome any feedback you may have. Should you also require any additional information about the schemes please contact Becky Bell via becky.bell@leics.gov.uk

Secondary Beethoven Resources

Please follow the link below for nine listening activities to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven From Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.

https://www.nmpat.co.uk/working-with-schools/resources-for-school-staff/#Curriculum

Pieces covered in this resource are:

1. Coriolanus Overture: https://youtu.be/Vvn2oGyji8s

2. Symphony No 9, 4th movement excerpt: https://youtu.be/-kcOpyM9cBg

3. Leonora Overture No. 3: https://youtu.be/5OibQYjPUqc

4. Spring Sonata for violin and piano, 1st movement: https://youtu.be/qizSgHRRbEo

5. Fidelio Overture: https://youtu.be/fq7g6du9S3s

6. Leonora Overture No. 3: https://youtu.be/5OibQYjPUqc

Primary Singing Scheme of Work - (KS2)

A six lesson resource exploring the voice in a creative way through warm ups, songs and soundscapes.
Focusing on musical and vocal skills children will learn about pulse, rhythm, composition and structure as well as posture, breathing and good vocal technique. if you would like any further information about singing projects please contact nicola.atkins@leics.gov.uk

Primary Body Percussion Scheme of Work - (Year 5 / 6)

This free 10 lesson unit of work focusses on making music through the use of body percussion. No instruments are needed for this unit and the skills, techniques and terminology used are all transferable and applicable to future instrumental music lessons. Throughout the unit students will learn a range of body percussion techniques, challenging musical vocabulary and unique rhythms from around the world (from Cuba to Greece!).

The unit offers bespoke performance and composition opportunities with students learning up to three unique body percussion performances and also composing their own pieces. Each lesson features call and response activities tailored and specific to the learning objectives.

With all the planning and resources provided, plus new learning and teaching embedded into the tutorial videos, teachers can learn the exciting and limitless possibilities of body percussion alongside the students.

The unit - at a glance - aims to teach and improve the following skills and outcomes:

  • Specific body percussion techniques.
  • Performing in time.
  • Performing as part of a round.
  • Performing within a polyrhythm.
  • Composing using different timbres and with a sense of structure.
  • Reading, understanding and creating body percussion notation.
  • Musical terminology including timbre, tempo, syncopation, beats, bars and rests.
  • Rhythms from around the world including the clave rhythm from Cuba and the chaal rhythm from India.
  • Individual performance and whole-class performance opportunities in every lesson.
  • Opportunities for teacher, self and peer assessment.

To see the resource in action, please click on our taster video below

We hope you enjoy delivering this scheme of work, and always welcome any feedback you may have. Should you also require any additional information about the Body Percussion resource, please contact tim.clay@leics.gov.uk

Schools can request access to one resource per term by clicking on the link below. This will link to a SNAP survey where you will be able to choose your preferred Scheme of Work. Simply submit the survey and we will contact you with access details.

Please click here to request your FREE Scheme of Work

You are able to request ONE Unit of work each term (or ask for a term's extension for your current unit).

Once you have delivered the Scheme of Work to your pupils, please complete the evaluation and submit the request for your next Scheme of Work.

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Partners

  • Arts
  • Music Service
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Viva
  • Philharmonia
  • Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Orchestras Live
  • Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
  • Transformance Music
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain