Lesson 4: Traditional Christmas music

Children take part in a christmas group song involving singing, creating vocal sounds and playing instruments and sing and move to a Christmas song

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To learn about traditional Christmas music
  • To take part in a group song involving singing, voice sounds and playing instruments
  • To sing and move to a Christmas song

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.
  • 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: Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
  • 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 modern Christmas songs. 

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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