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Year 1 Music

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'Beat It!'

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Get Ready

Talk with your child about steady sounds, that is, sounds that you hear over and over again, such as the ticking of a clock, or the sound made by the windscreen wipers or the washing machine. Tell your child that a steady sound has a steady beat, like her own heartbeat. Have her place her hand over her heart and ask her, 'Do you feel the steady beat?' (If she can't feel it, have her run around or jump up and down, then try to feel it.)

Now tell her that you're going to say a rhyme with a steady beat. Tell her to listen to the following rhyme:
March together keep a beat
Feel that movement in your feet
Stand together in a row
Marching forward off we go! Left, right, left, right . . .

After you repeat the rhyme a few times, begin stamping your feet to its steady beat or marching to the beat and have your child join you as follows (stomp or march on bolded words):
March together keep a beat
Feel that movement in your feet
Stand together in a row
Marching forward off we go! Left, right, left, right . . .

Go

Tell your child that you're going to play a game called 'Beat It!' You're going to use your hands and feet to make different steady beats. Model a steady beat below and then ask your child to join you. Let her clap and stomp your beat, then continue the game with your child thinking of new beats. Some examples are:


This activity is adapted from pages 177 - 178 of What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

This activity has cross-curricular connections: click below to see the related activity.

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