Lesson 1: Action songs

Learning why songs can have actions and some simple Makaton signs to accompany a song

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To understand why songs have actions
  • To learn some simple Makaton signs to accompany a song

EYFS outcomes

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Think about the perspectives of others. 

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
  • Active learning

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 explore beat through body movement.

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

Created by:
Sophie Pickles,  
Computing specialist
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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