Year 2 On this island: British songs and sounds

Taking inspiration from the British Isles, children explore how to create sounds to represent three contrasting landscapes: seaside, countryside and city. Through images and discussion, they develop an idea of what each of these places would sound like and then use this to create their own soundscapes.

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Lesson 1: British seaside sounds

Children learn to sing a traditional British folk song and create a seaside soundscape using their voices, bodies and instruments.

Lesson 2: Countryside sounds

After singing the folk song 'Lavender's blue', pupils consider what they might see and hear in the British countryside, and perform a countryside soundscape.

Lesson 3: Sounds of the city

After singing 'London Bridge is falling down', children try to recreate the sounds they might hear in the city, using a city image as inspiration.

Lesson 4: Structured soundscape

Working in groups, pupils choose a setting (seaside, countryside or city) for which to compose their piece of music.

Lesson 5: Journey through Britain

Pupils combine their learning from the previous lessons to compose a piece of music that takes them on a journey through Britain, from the seaside to the countryside to the city.