Lesson 3: Follow the beat

Children follow a beat using an untuned instrument and play their instruments together to match the beat

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To copy and follow a beat
  • To follow a beat using an untuned instrument

EYFS outcomes

Expressive arts and design

  • 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

 

Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

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

Activity

Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning

Observations

Teacher notes

Next steps

To experiment with playing tuned and untuned instruments. 

To play in time to familiar songs. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

Created by:
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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