Lesson 3: Storytelling with actions

Children use actions to tell the story of 'The Sleeping Princess' before singing and performing a group song based on the story

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To use actions to retell a story to music
  • To sing and perform a group song

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.
  • Retell the story, once they have developed a deep familiarity with the text; some as exact repetition and some in their own words.

 

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: 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

 

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 learn how instruments can represent a certain mood, character or action. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

Created by:
Sophie Pickles,  
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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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