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Rhythmajig is a primary music curriculum offering provision above and beyond the new National Curriculum 2014 requirements. Children are introduced to fun and engaging characters representing rhythmic notation eg Crotchet, Minim etc from year R and are taught to read and write stave notation from year 2. Suitable for specialist and non-specialist music teachers and class teachers, using whatever instruments you already have in school. Real concepts, real music, real notation, real progression.

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Rhythmajig is a primary music curriculum offering provision above and beyond the new National Curriculum 2014 requirements. Children are introduced to fun and engaging characters representing rhythmic notation eg Crotchet, Minim etc from year R and are taught to read and write stave notation from year 2. Suitable for specialist and non-specialist music teachers and class teachers, using whatever instruments you already have in school. Real concepts, real music, real notation, real progression.
Spring 2 Year 5 complete music scheme: Caribbean Carnival (Unit 4)
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Spring 2 Year 5 complete music scheme: Caribbean Carnival (Unit 4)

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Includes lesson plans, resources, songs, backing tracks, sheet music and printables. Explore Craibbean music with the help of the Rhythmajig characters, playing simple pieces on tuned and untuned instruments (adaptable to the instruments you have available in school). Sing songs and learn musical concepts and vocabulary through characters and stories. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Spring 1 Year 6 music planning: Film Music (Unit 3)
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Spring 1 Year 6 music planning: Film Music (Unit 3)

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6 week unit of work studying how music is used in film, listening and responding to film music and composing own film scores using composition grids with real notation and graphic scores. The Rhythmajig characters make reading and writing music easy and are appealing to children. Sheet music/ song pack and resource pack also available separately. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Spring 1 Year 6 complete music scheme: Film Music (Unit 3)
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Spring 1 Year 6 complete music scheme: Film Music (Unit 3)

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6 week unit of work studying how music is used in film, listening and responding to film music and composing own film scores using composition grids with real notation and graphic scores. The Rhythmajig characters make reading and writing music easy and are appealing to children. Sheet music/ song pack and resource pack also included. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 1 Year 4 music planning: The Rough and the Smooth (Unit 1)
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Autumn 1 Year 4 music planning: The Rough and the Smooth (Unit 1)

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Complete 6 week unit of work: full lesson plans that take children on a journey to new worlds, reading and writing stave notation and using real musical vocabulary with the help of cool characters. The focus of this unit is articulation (legato and staccato) which children learn to recognise in music as they listen (recommend using youtube or similar for music clips), and to respond to musical signals in their singing and playing. Suitable for use with keyboards, glockenspiels, boomwhackers, recorders, ocarinas, chime bars or other tuned instruments. Resource and sheet music/ song packs also available separately. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Summer 2 Year 2 complete music scheme: Ocarina Radio (Unit 6)
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Summer 2 Year 2 complete music scheme: Ocarina Radio (Unit 6)

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6 weekly lesson plans teaching music through characters and stories. Any tuned instrument can be used: ocarina, recorder, chime bar, boomwhacker, glockenspiel. Travel to fictional Ocarock City with your class and compose and play radio jingles, reading and writing real rhythmaic notation (suitable for specialists and non specialists). Sheet music/ song pack and resource pack are included in this bundle. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 1 Year 3 complete music scheme: Notes and Keys (Unit 1)
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Autumn 1 Year 3 complete music scheme: Notes and Keys (Unit 1)

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Lesson plans, resources and songs, backing tracks and sheet music- everything you need to teach this 6 week unit of work. Children learn the geography of the keyboard (or other tuned instrument eg glockenspiels or chime bars). They use high and low to describe pitch, learn to play simple melodies and compose musical patterns using real notation. Characters and stories guide the way and engage the children as they travel to new worlds, learning musical concepts and vocabulary along the way. www,rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Rhythmajig character flash cards (to match with notation cards)
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Rhythmajig character flash cards (to match with notation cards)

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These are the main notation characters. Crotchet (red) has one beat on his top and walks. Minim (blue) has two beats and sli-ides. Quaver twins (yellow) have half a beat each and go jogging. Semibreve (green) has 4 beats and goes whoo-oo-oo-oosh. The semiquaver brothers (multicoloured) have a quarter of a beat each and go running quickly. Restful mouse is sleepy and likes to rest during quiet time. Use these with the coloured flashcard notation set and watch your children learn real names for notation! www.rhythmajig.co.uk
Summer 2 Year 3 music planning: Dynamico (Unit 6)
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Summer 2 Year 3 music planning: Dynamico (Unit 6)

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Linked to Holst's The Planets Suite, this 6 week unit of work focuses on performance skills singing and playing instruments (adaptable to the instruments you have in your school), and learning and using vocabulary for dynamics in listening, singing and playing. Children will 'travel' to planet Dynamico in the Sound System via high quality original images (see separate resource pack) and sing and play songs meeting characters along the way (see separate mp3 song and sheet music pack). www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Rhythm notation cards
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Rhythm notation cards

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Four rhythmic patterns shown in standard notation, plus individual note cards which can be printed and used as flash cards to learn the note names, photocopied and used to create compositions, or placed on a large stave on the carpet (use masking tape for the stave lines). In conjunction with our Rhythmajig character flash cards, they can be used to teach reading and writing rhythmic notation in a memorable way. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 1 Year R music planning: Meet the Rhythmajigs! (Unit 1)
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Autumn 1 Year R music planning: Meet the Rhythmajigs! (Unit 1)

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Full lesson plans and curriculum overview for this unit of work. Children meet the Rhythmajigs, colourful, child-friendly characters whose colours, actions and personalities help to teach real rhythmic notation. Songs, stories and simple musical activities promote learning of real vocabulary and musical concepts. The lesson plans are quite busy so just choose one activity from each box if you're short on time! Song/ sheet music pack and resource pack also available separately. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 1 year 1 music planning: More from the Rhythmajigs! (Unit 1)
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Autumn 1 year 1 music planning: More from the Rhythmajigs! (Unit 1)

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Full unit of work: 6 weekly lesson plans and skills overview. Lessons are deigned to be 45 mins long but can be adapted to your timetabling needs. The lesson plans are very busy but if short on time, just choose one activity from each box. Sheet music/ mp3 pack and resource pack also available separately. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Summer 2 Year 4 complete music scheme: Tempo's Time Travel
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Summer 2 Year 4 complete music scheme: Tempo's Time Travel

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Travel 'Bach' in time (geddit?) meeting the great composers, learning instrumental pieces and songs. This bundle includes full lesson plans, resources, songs and sheet music- everything you need to deliver creative and inspiring music lessons through child-friendly characters and stories. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 1 Year 1 complete music scheme: More from the Rhythmajigs! (Unit 1)
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Autumn 1 Year 1 complete music scheme: More from the Rhythmajigs! (Unit 1)

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Everything you need to teach this 6 week unit of work: lesson plans, studio recordings of songs and backing tracks (mp3 format) and original sheet music. Designed as a recap of the characters, but can be used to introduce them and their notation, through colours, actions, songs and stories. Make ostinato patterns with Ostinato Owl and sing and play along. Adaptable to the needs of your school, instruments and time available. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 2 Year 2 complete music scheme: Ocarock City (Unit 2)
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Autumn 2 Year 2 complete music scheme: Ocarock City (Unit 2)

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6 week unit of work focusing on an imaginary journey to Ocarock City, where children visit different locations to learn to read and write rhythmic notation- the fairground, sweet shop and beat bank,.The Rhythmajig charaters, with their memorable colours and actions, introduce real musical vocabulary and concepts. Sheet music/ song pack and resources included. Note: Lots of songs are included- these don't all need to be learned, you can just listen with your class to the studio recordings (see song pack). All planning is adaptable to the instruments you have available in school. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Autumn 1 Year 5 complete music scheme: China Town (Unit 1)
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Autumn 1 Year 5 complete music scheme: China Town (Unit 1)

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All resources, planning, sheet music, backing tracks and vocal tracks needed to teach this 6 week unit of work. Meet the Rhythmajig characters and learn real notation using their colours and actions. Travel to China Town in Ocarock City and listen to Chinese music, learn songs, explore pentatonic scales through tuned activities, and compose and perform simple melodies using compsition grids. All sheet music is original and songa re in mp3 format (high quality studio recordings). www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Spring 2 Year 5 Music planning: Caribbean Carnival (Unit 4)
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Spring 2 Year 5 Music planning: Caribbean Carnival (Unit 4)

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Complete unit of work based on World music. (See overview for objectives). 6 x 45 minute lesson plans- although the unit can be blocked or tweaked according to your timetable. Travel to OcaRock City and explore Caribbean music, carnival culture and learn songs and instrumental pieces (adaptable to the tuned instruments you have in school), learning real notation, vocabulary and concepts with the help of child-friendly characters. Resource pack (images, prinatbles, activities), mp3 songs, lyrics and sheet music also available separately. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Summer 2 Year 2 music planning: Ocarina Radio (Unit 6)
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Summer 2 Year 2 music planning: Ocarina Radio (Unit 6)

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6 weekly lesson plans teaching music through characters and stories. Any tuned instrument can be used: ocarina, recorder, chime bar, boomwhacker, glockenspiel. Travel to fictional Ocarock City with your class and compose and play radio jingles, reading and writing real rhythmaic notation (suitable for specialists and non specialists). Sheet music/ song pack and resource pack also available separately. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Pitch patterning
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Pitch patterning

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A simple activity to introduce the concept of high and low pitch. Ideal for all age groups. www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Chocolate bars  and coloured beats composition activity
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Chocolate bars and coloured beats composition activity

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Printable chocolate bars and coloured beats which are matched to the correct sizes to fill the bar. Print, cut out and distribute to groups or individuals. Ask children to place the coloured notation cards on top of the chocolate bar to compose their own bar of music, this can then be played using percussion or developed into a tuned composition. the colours correspond to the characters. Crotchets (red, one beat), minims, (blue, 2 beats), quavers (yellow, half a beat each), semiquavers (multicoloured, a quarter of a beat each), semibreves (green, 4 beats each) or crotchet rests (white, 1 beat each). www.rhythmajig.co.uk www.facebook.com/rhythmajig
Teachers' guide to the Rhythmajig curriculum
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Teachers' guide to the Rhythmajig curriculum

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What do we do? How is Rhythamjig taught? Is it scary? Do children enjoy it? All information and guidance is here. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rhythmajig and see our website at www.rhythmajig.co.uk for more information.