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.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn about the music of the British Isles

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality recorded music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Position these children nearer to you so that you can offer differentiation by support. Direct specific questions with yes/no answers during the listening activities.

Pupils working at greater depth: Invite these pupils to lead the soundscape performance. Ask them to name the ‘interrelated dimensions of music’ that you have used in your soundscape.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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