This book helps children enjoy greater success in other content areas as they learn about rhythm and chants, music, instruments, art, ring games, and story projects.


During Key Stage I, pupils should be taught how to explore and express their ideas and feelings about music using movement, dance and expressive and musical language.

The National Curriculum, Music, Key Stage I

Using Musical Language

You could introduce and use some of these musical terms during Circle Time:

New Language

In Circle Time, explain to the children that there are special words for music, to help people to know how the music is to be played. Tell the children that ‘piano’ means quietly and ‘adagio’ means slowly. Ask them to stand up ‘adagio’ and ‘piano’. Ask them to sit down ‘piano’. Use both these terms in everyday work in the classroom.

Pass the Face

Ask the children to ‘pass the face’ around the circle in a ‘piano’ way ...

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