Listening and responding to their own and others’ music-making

Learning Intentions

  • We are learning to think and talk about the sounds that we have created, imagined and heard.
  • We are learning to think and talk about simple features in the songs we sing and music we hear.
  • We are learning to listen and respond to music by talking about it appropriately.

What to look for

  • Pupils talking about sounds that they hear in their environment
  • Pupils talking about sounds that they have created
  • Pupils recognising different sound qualities of everyday materials
  • Pupils singing songs and talking about the features of the songs
  • Pupils describing the differences between pieces of music that they hear in class

Learning Activities

Have the pupils listen to and discuss environmental sounds on different themes, for example:

  • down our street;
  • a wet day; and/or
  • on the beach.

Encourage them to use appropriate vocabulary to show how we make sounds, for example:

  • scraping;
  • tapping;
  • shaking; and
  • using songs, such as Oh, we can play on the big bass drum.

Provide an opportunity for them to listen to, recognise and make different sound qualities from different materials, for example:

  • wood;
  • metal; and
  • skin.

Encourage the pupils to use words to describe, for example:

  • knocking on a door/wood;
  • rain on a tin roof/metal; or
  • a drum beat/skin.

Allow the pupils to listen to and discuss features in music, for example:

  • sing Puff the Magic Dragon and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,and talk about mood and speed; or
  • listen to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, and discuss how each instrument represents a character in the story.

Play an extract of music for the pupils to listen to and discuss. Focus on the sounds that they hear, for example:

  • loud/quiet;
  • high/low;
  • fast/slow; and
  • long/short.

Play sections of music from, for example:

  • The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky;
    • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (quiet); and
    • Russian Dance (loud).
  •  Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens;
    • talk about the differences in volume, pitch and speed in the various sections.