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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand how music can represent changes in 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 a describing word to go with each of the natural elements, e.g. rolling waves, whispering breeze, to help inspire their sounds.


Pupils working at greater depth: Ask to identify instruments and musical dimensions (dynamics, pitch, etc) using appropriate musical terminology.

Layer two or more sounds together in the paired activity and create a chain of several sounds depicting a calm sea.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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