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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • I can recognise and use dynamics and tempo

National curriculum

‘Pupils should be taught to:

  •  play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  •  use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and
  •  experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions
    of music’

See National curriculum - Music key stages 1 to 2

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should sit next to a more confident partner for peer-support during the performance activity.

Display and point to calm and stormy seas images during the activity to help them think about the sounds they should create.


Pupils working at greater depth: Invite them to lead the performance activity, playing the part of the conductor.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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