After sharing their own seaside photos, children hunt for appropriate instruments to represent the sounds within their images

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • I can select instruments to match seaside sounds

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Use their voices expressively and creatively
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should work with a more confident partner to select the instruments.

Could mirror the vocal/body percussion sounds of their partner if they struggle to think of their own.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can they think of a sound that is found at the sea that is not pictured on their worksheet? E.g. patting down a sandcastle, children splashing in the water.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
Music specialist
After a brief spell as an opera singer, Liz embarked on a 20 year career in music education; teaching at early years, primary and secondary. After Liz had her daughter, she started her own business Music Education SolutionsĀ® Limited; helping…
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