Lesson 3: Instrumental sounds

Children explore using instruments to make a variety of sounds.

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To explore the sounds of different instruments
  • To experiment with tempo and dynamic when playing instruments

EYFS outcomes

Expressive arts and design

  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.


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.


Key vocabulary


Prompts for learning

Teacher notes

Next steps

  • To identify sounds in the environment and differentiate between them. 
  • To use musical vocabulary when describing environmental sounds. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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