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What makes a sound?

This topic links very well to Letters and Sounds Phase 1 where the focus is listening. Listening to others is a developing skill in Nursery and the use of instruments enables children not only to have lots of fun, but also to be able to develop skills in listening, rhythm and distinguishing sounds. 

Communication and Language skills we will be focusing on are:

  •  Following directions (if not intently focused on own choice of activity).
  • Understanding use of objects (e.g. “What do we use to cut things?’).
  • Building up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.


Physical Development skills we will be focusing on are:

  • Drawing lines and circles using gross motor movements.

  • Using one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors.

  • Dressing with help, e.g. puts arms into open-fronted coat


Personal, Social and Emotional skills we will be focusing on are:

  • Being more outgoing towards unfamiliar people and more confident in new social situations.
  • Beginning to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.
  • Demonstrating friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults.


Understanding of the world skills we will be focusing on are:

  • Knowing some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family.
  • Talking about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • Knowing that information can be retrieved from computers


Expressive Arts and Design skills we will be focusing on are:

  • Joining in with dancing and ring games.
  • Singing a few familiar songs.
  • Beginning to move rhythmically. 
  • Imitating movement in response to music.
  • Tapping out simple repeated rhythms.
  • Exploring and learning how sounds can be changed


Key Vocabulary:

Ear, hear, sound, loud, quiet, high, low, whisper, shout, talk, sing, listen, slow, fast, soft,

Maraca, bell, drum, castanet, cymbal, triangle, shaker, guitar,

Bang, tap, pluck, shake, clunk,

Animal noises , Transport noises, Environmental noises

Stunning Start

We're going on a bear hunt sensory walk

Exploring music inside and outside

Learning about animals and the sounds they make