Lesson 4: Environmental sounds

Using instruments to make sounds from the environment.

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

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

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important.
  • ELG: Listening, attention and understanding: Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions


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 identify and describe familiar nature sounds and differentiate between them. 
  • To use voices to imitate nature sounds. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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