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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand that music can be used to represent an environment

National curriculum

‘Pupils should be taught to:

  •  listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded
  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and

See National curriculum - Music key stages 1 to 2

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should work with a more confident talk partner to identify sounds.

Support pupils to identify an adjective to describe the sound of each of the natural elements, eg: crashing waves, booming thunder, to help inspire their sounds.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should identify instruments and musical dimensions (dynamics, pitch, etc) in the music.

Layer two or more sounds together in the paired activity, for example,  rain and sunshine.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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