Lesson 2: Using instruments to represent characters

The children listen to the classical piece and narrated story of 'Peter and the Wolf' by Sergei Prokofiev and recall the characters from the story before exploring how each is represented in the music

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To listen to the classical piece and narrated story of “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev and recall the characters from the story.
  • To understand that music and instruments can be used to convey moods or represent characters. 
  • To talk about how a piece of music makes you feel.

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.

 

Expressive arts and design 

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.

 

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.

Activity

Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning

Observations

Teacher notes

Next steps

To use actions to retell a story to music.

To sing and perform a group song. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

Created by:
Sophie Pickles,  
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