Lesson 3: Kwanzaa music

Learning about the festival of Kwanzaa, children take part in a traditional African call and response song and find classroom objects to use as drums

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To learn about music from another culture, particularly when related to the festival of Kwanzaa
  • To take part in a traditional call and response song
  • To find classroom objects to use as drums and play in response to African music

EYFS outcomes

Understanding the world

  • Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.


Expressive arts and design

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody. 
  • 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


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 learn about traditional Christmas songs. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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