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.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn about the music of the British Isles and create music of our own

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: It might be useful to play the link: ‘Countryside sounds loop’ on VideoLink to help them consider how to recreate them.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could 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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