Lesson 1: Moving to music

Children listen to the lyrics and melody of the 'Teddy Bear's Picnic' and follow instructions to move to the music, changing their movements to reflect the tempo, pitch or dynamic of the piece

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To listen to the lyrics and melody: “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” by John Walter Bratton and Jimmy Kennedy and recall part of the story. 
  • To move to music with instruction, changing movements to match the tempo, pitch or dynamic of the piece. 
  • To talk about how a piece of music makes you feel.

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Learn new vocabulary. 
  • Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound. 
  • Learn rhymes, poems and songs.


Expressive arts and design 

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
  • 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
  • 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 listen to a melody and interpret the story behind it. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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Sophie Pickles,  
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