By the Sea

Seaside sounds are listened to, moved to, represented, written and performed in this fun and engaging topic. Children are encouraged to feel pieces of music by moving in ways they think convey its mood. They should also make links between music, sounds and environments. These skills are then used to help them represent calm or stormy seas using vocal and body sounds as well as percussion instruments

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Lesson 1: The sea: Vocal and body sounds

Children move expressively to music, before moving on to create the sounds of a stormy sea using their voices and bodies


Lesson 2: Vocal and body sounds: Embodying the sea

Children consider different musical features to adapt their vocal and body sounds to suit a contrasting seascape to the previous lesson


Lesson 3: Vocal and body sounds: Musical treasure hunt

Children choose appropriate instruments to represent the sounds for their seaside images


Lesson 4: Vocal and body sounds: Seaside story

Children learn to follow the conductor direction to change their dynamics and tempo to tell a story through sounds


Lesson 5: Vocal and body sounds: Seaside soundscape

Using percussion instruments to create a dramatic version of a seaside soundscape and introducing notation