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

Learning Intentions

  • We are learning to listen and respond to short pieces of music.

What to look for

  • Pupils listening to short extracts of music in a focused way
  • Pupils responding to the beat of a piece of music
  • Pupils responding imaginatively to short pieces of music through movement and language
  • Pupils recognising and identifying some instrumental sounds

Learning Activities

Provide opportunities for the pupils to listen and respond to a range of pieces of music, for example:

  • Play short pieces and encourage them to identify the sounds of different ensembles and instruments, such as:
    • a pop song;
    • a choir;
    • an instrumental group; or
    • various individual instruments.
  • Ask the pupils to copy what you do. Play a piece of music and clap, stamp or perform other appropriate actions to the beat. Then allow them to suggest their own actions.
  • Encourage the pupils to respond imaginatively to the mood of a piece of music through movement and gesture:
    • swaying gently;
    • marching;
    • with jerky movements;
    • with spiky movements; or
    • with bouncy movements.
  • Have the pupils describe music in simple ways, for example:
    • sad;
    • happy;
    • scary; or
    • sleepy.
  • Ask them to describe how we make some instrumental sounds, for example:
    • we blow a trumpet;
    • we beat or strike a drum; and
    • we pluck or strum a guitar.