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Special Curriculum Credit


  • Switched on! is a resource to support the use of soundbeam in school. The booklet contains a range of practical activities to expand children's experiences with the soundbeam beyond basic exploratory work.

  • Planning music for children with learning difficulties is a booklet written for teachers working in special schools, looking for effective ways to plan and deliver a music curriculum.

The booklet contains five main sections:

Why Music? Looking at the value of using music with our special children

Music When? Looking at ways of integrating music into other areas of the curriculum

What Music? Guidance for effective planning (including the Special Skills Development Overview and planning documents)


Blank planning proformas (brainstorm sheet and unit of work both in word format)
Examples of existing planning (Planning stage 1b, stage 4 and stage 8 all in word format)

Exemplification of skills - practical ideas and activities to support musical learning at P levels 1 - 3

  • Waterquest: a musical about the different states of water. This is a musical written for special schools, but it is also appropriate for mainstream infant schools. The idea of this musical is for the schools to make it their owne and add in as many of the optional music and dance idea, including the children's own work, as they feel are appropriate.  The sonds use simple melodies and the words are often repetitive makin ghtem easy to learn.  The songs are to encourage everyone to be involved in singing together and the Joining Song could be used as one for audience partiticpation.  There are also suggestions for suitable percussion accompaniments.