Lesson 1: What makes an instrument?

Learning about different musical instruments, children then use recyclable materials to create and play their own instruments

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To discuss what makes a musical instrument
  • To use recyclable materials to create a simple representation of a musical instrument

EYFS outcomes

Expressive arts and design

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them. 
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills. 
  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
  • ELG: Being imaginative and expressive: Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music. 

 

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

 

Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.

Activity

Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning

Observations

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Next steps

To learn about what an orchestra is. 

To learn the four different types of instruments. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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Sophie Pickles,  
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Sophie is an expert Early Years consultant. She has spent many years both teaching in Reception and leading, in her role of Head of Early Years and senior manager at an outstanding-rated, child-led setting. Sophie now works with many national educational…
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