Primary schools increasing engagement through musical characters and stories

Rhythmajig

Rhythmajig is a Primary music scheme that’s in tune with young minds. Through child-friendly characters and stories, children learn real notation, real vocabulary and real concepts by travelling on imaginary journeys to new worlds. Full lesson plans, songs, backing tracks, original sheet music and resources, as well as interactive games, are available on the online learning platform of our website www.rhythmajig.co.uk. This is accessible via annual subscription (30 day free trials are available). Pay per download planning, resources and song packs plus FREE resources are available in Rhythmajig’s shop at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Rhythmajig
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Primary music gurus Rhythmajig are working with schools to enhance pupils’ understanding of musical concepts and vocabulary, while assisting teachers with behaviour management and engagement. The online learning platform is designed to be accessible to all, adaptable to the instruments available in school, and, importantly, enormous fun. It also offers a unique scheme of work with outcomes above and beyond National Curriculum 2014. Teachers are able to take out a 30-day free trial to see for themselves.

Rhythmajig offers a Primary scheme of work containing everything needed to teach high-quality Music lessons, while capturing children’s imaginations through characters and stories.



“Teachers love the progression between year groups, as children are taught to read and write rhythmic notation from Year R and stave notation from Year 2 and 3,” said owner and director Laura Bevan. “The colourful Rhythmajig characters are brought to children in high-quality digital images, which feature their note signs so that children can learn real names for notes right from the start. Each character has different actions which have the correct duration for their note name. For example, Minim is blu-ue, she has two heart beats on her dress as she lasts two beats, and she sli-ides around Ocarina Island - where the Rhythmajigs live!”


Each Rhythmajig lesson follows the same structure: Week by week, children revise and build on the new vocabulary they have learned. Songs, whole-class instrument work, listening and appreciation, composition / creative activities and consolidation of learning all take place within a 45 minute lesson. The quick pace and familiar structure mean that children are quickly switched on to musical learning and they are kept interested through musical activities which apply their knowledge of the notation characters.



The Rhythmajig team realise that musically-led behaviour management might seem a wacky concept to teachers, but through singing instructions (for example, “please will you stand up” is a C major scale 5 note scale: C D E F G which can be sung or played) and collecting beats to fight evil baddies in the stories, children are encouraged to take a positive approach to behaviour which allows active engagement by all children.


Laura added: “Special needs, English as an additional language (EAL), emotional issues... these can provide real barriers to learning in music. Our subscribers have found that these children are often those who shine brightest in the music lesson - their imaginations are captured, they can access learning in a completely new way from other subjects and be included where often, attaining well is a challenge for them.”


Through meeting Legato Lion and Staccato Stickleback, Year R children can express differences in articulation in pieces of music they listen to. Year 2 children can play and sing in different styles - dolce, giocoso and cantabile - by visiting different areas of Ocarock City. Year 6 children meet the DJ Ana Crusis at the radio station, who guides them in composing whole songs on the stave, including a range of structures such as introduction, interlude and coda. Super Stave is the superhero who literally lends a hand with reading sheet music: he comes to the rescue with his rap and rhyme, which children learn and recall to help them read real music notation.


The latest unit of work, including downloadable lesson plans and resources, is now available on TES resources (Autumn 2).


Visit www.rhythmajig.co.uk for more information.

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