ICT-based Curriculum Resources KS 1

To Age 7
Music materials for teachers key stage one. Includes creative software, sheet music and online audio playback for songs and rounds, seasonal activities, classroom projects. 


GridPlay Creative Explorations
Level 1 (3-8)

Creative music activities for teachers and parents to share with children aged 3-7 (UK Foundation & Key Stage 1).  In addition to the software, this resource includes a 26-page e-book of songs and activities. GridPlay Level 1 has all you need to start making music-no special musical or technical knowledge is required!

Suggestions are also made for integrating the software with acoustic music resources.

Form a 1-man band!

Explore stories and games!

Create your own tunes!

Run your own 'musical railway'!

(CD Rom, for Windows '98 and higher)

Format: CD Rom
GridPlay Level 1

Full Contents & Demos

SW003 GridPlay Level 1  CD ROM


Music software with sophisticated facilities for the creative musician, but with a simple enough interface to allow exploration by the youngest user.  A kind of 'musical paint-box', with this software, you can:

Create and play virtual instruments

Improvise & compose

Make multi-track recordings

Create your own interactive teaching resources

The present MIDIgrid for Windows is a basic version of this powerful program, including just those facilities most useful in the classroom, and suitable for use by specialist and non-specialist teachers alike. It offers unparalleled opportunities for users, of all ages and abilities, to explore the building blocks of musical composition.

MIDIgrid comes with a number of pre-prepared grids suitable for use at key stages 1-4, along with full teaching notes for composition projects at key stages 1 & 2. These demonstrate how the software might be used both for structured teaching with a creative focus and for free exploration. The activities integrate the performing, composing and using ICT strands of the music curriculum.

SW001 MIDIgrid for Windows  CD ROM

"Music for All Seasons" Miscellaneous Scores
Downloadable PDF sheet music with online playback

Online music to share, with something for all ages and abilities. Listen online and use our Flash playback as backing tracks. The sheet music for these songs is available as PDF (what's PDF?) downloads. Each season there is a link to a fresh 'Family Fun' activity page, featuring selected scores. These provide a means of achieving many objectives from the QCA programmes of study at Key Stages 1 & 2. The scores themselves will provide performance materials for Key Stage 3 - Adult.

Format: Flash/PDF
Price: See individual scores

Miscellaneous Scores

Spring Fun

Summer Fun

Autumn Fun

Christmas Fun

Music for Christmas
Downloadable PDF sheet music with online playback

Christmas music to explore online. The sheet music for these songs is available in downloadable PDF (what's PDF?) format. The 'Simply Carols' series consists of mix 'n' match arrangements of familiar carols. Instrumental parts can be played as written or used as the basis for your own improvised music. 'Children's Christmas' includes original seasonal songs for children to sing and play and ideas for creative activities.

Format: Flash/PDF
Price: See individual scores

"A Bell Round", Age 5-7 Score with T. Notes
Downloadable PDF sheet music

Simple ideas for singing and early instrumental work

a) build confidence in small group singing
b) awareness that a melody is made up of several short phrases, or musical ideas
c) develop the ability to maintain a steady pulse and start/stop, appropriately
d) provide opportunities to create simple ad-hoc arrangements

Format: Audio/PDF

A Bell Round L1.pdf


Click a title to open music player:

A Bell Round -Unison

A Bell Round - with ostinati


See also our free online classroom music projects

Custom Arrange & Print Service

Switch Users & the Music Teacher

Many disabled pupils, unable to make music in any other way, can participate in a musical performance if they have switch access. In the music classroom, switch systems may be used in two ways: they are communication aids, used as controllers for speech synthesisers, text writers, etc., and also serve as virtual musical instruments, controlling various sound-making devices. It is important that, when used as virtual instruments, they should be treated in the same way as any other musical instrument.
This leaflet will assist teachers in using the switch system as an integrated resource for classroom music-making.

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