Lesson 5: Nature sounds

Children listen to sounds in nature and try to recreate them.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

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


Understanding the world

  • Explore the natural world around them. 


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 use their knowledge of sounds, instruments and musical terminology to explore different types and genres of music. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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