Changes within Living Memory

Block G - Music

Be introduced to historical concepts, vocabulary and representations through exploring the ways in which life has changed over the time of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.  Develop a chronology of domestic life, clothes, transport, communication methods, toys and books, food and music.  Experience a school day as it would have been in the 1950s and create Acoustic Telephones. Cook up a food festival and create a museum in the classroom!

Investigate how our experience of music has changed over the last 50 years. Look into changes in our musical tastes, in the different styles of music and how we experience these inside and outside our homes.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Granny and Grandpa's music: sing-a-long

Learn about some of the differences in how your grandparents would have experienced music and listen to some popular songs of the time.

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02: Granny and Grandpa's music: 60s poster

Consolidate your understanding of Granny and Grandpa’s music by looking at some popular styles of the time and create a poster reflecting the tastes of the time.

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03: Mum and Dad's music: dance to the beat

Learn about the differences between your grandparents’ and parents’ experience of music and how this would have differed to today’s experience. Listen to some popular songs of the time.

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04: Mum and Dad's music: design a disco poster

Consolidate your understanding of music your parents may have enjoyed by looking at some popular styles of the time and create a poster reflecting the style of disco!

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05: Music today: what do we like?

Compare how music has changed over the decades to some popular music of today. Explore how we experience music differently today.

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06: Presentation

Consolidate the learning from this block by inviting outside visitors into the classroom and sharing your knowledge of the changes in music!