Year 2 Content


The content of the curriculum will enable the following outcomes.

Instrumental work

First Access Recorder Programme

All children in the year group are given the opportunity to play with an instrument on loan from the school.

Acquiring and developing skills

At the end of the year most children should:

  • hold the instrument correctly
  • experiment with sounds
  • play notes (B, A, G) with the correct fingering, covering holes completely and with an awareness of posture
  • tongue notes creating a clear and controlled sound
  • breathe at appropriate times
  • understand the theory (for music notation)
  • recognise and draw the notes B, A and G using traditional notation
  • maintain a steady beat when playing
  • copy simple rhythms
  • experiment with dynamics
  • care for their instrument

Selecting and Applying Skills

  • begin to phrase melodies
  • compose and improvise using notes and techniques they have learnt
  • perform confidently in an ensemble (during assembly or to parents)
  • create and perform a sequence of long and short sounds
  • create and perform different rhythmic patterns to a steady pulse
  • perform pitch patterns from notation
  • follow symbols to perform sound sequences
  • create a sound story or a scene by organising sounds in a simple structure
  • use expression to create an effect e.g. rain getting heavier or stopping


Acquiring and developing skills

By the end of the year the children should

  • Follow the line of the pitch
  • Follow the beat
  • Be aware of tempo and dynamics
  • Blend their voice with others
  • Hear the way sounds are combined
  • Sing with an awareness of the structure of a song; introduction, verse and chorus

Selecting and applying skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • Sing confidently a wide variety of songs (including from different cultures)
  • Sing in unison and in a round being aware of other performers
  • Sing in tune with an awareness of the shape of the melody
  • Sing with expression, following the mood of the music
  • Perform confidently in a “choir” (in assembly, to parents and within the community)


Acquiring and developing skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music 
  • respond to the beat by playing or movement
  • begin to recognise pitch changes
  • recognise and identify different features when music changes such as dynamics
  • recognise a variety of different orchestral instruments playing
  • recognise and describe the mood of a piece

Selecting and applying skills

By the end of the year most children should

  • identify sounds and repeated patterns in a piece of music
  • respond to music with movement
  • begin to listen with appreciation and describe opinions
  • begin to share ideas about what they have heard using appropriate vocabulary
  • begin to understand how the mood or picture in a piece of music can be created

Evaluating and Improving Performance

At the end of the year most children should

  • suggest improvements
  • use appropriate vocabulary
  • comment constructively on their own performance and that of others
  • compare and contrast their own and others’ performance
  • express likes and dislikes and give reasons
  • comment on similarities and difference