Lesson 2: Introduction to orchestra

Children learn about the four different groups of musical instruments, where they are positioned in the orchestra, their different sounds and the role of the conductor

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To learn what an orchestra is
  • To learn about the four different groups of musical instruments

EYFS outcomes

Expressive arts and design 

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Active learning


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

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


Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning


Teacher notes

Next steps

To copy and follow a beat

To create a beat using an untuned instrument.

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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