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What makes a sound?

Our big question is....

What makes a sound?


This half term pre-school will become composers,singers and dancers as we play instruments, sing and dance and use our ears to tune into lots of familiar sounds! 


Weekly questions to help us answer our big question

Week 1 –  RE week and our stunning start !

Week 2 – What sounds can you make?

Week 3 – What sounds can you hear inside/outside?

Week 4 – How many sounds can you find in this story?

Week 5 – Can you make a sound instrument?

Week 6 – How does this sound make you feel?


Key vocabulary for our topic 

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 and environmental sounds.



As mathematicians we will be learning to:

To be able to talk about the sizes of instruments

To count movements as they play instruments.

To orally count a beat.

To discuss the shapes of different instruments.

To catergorise instruments by shape and size.


In Literacy we will be learning to:

To listen to audio sounds/stories and talk about what sounds they can hear.

To begin clapping syllables in their name

To identify the sounds in the story Peace at Last.

To fill in the missing words in nursery rhymes.


Physical development 

To play instruments using body percussion.

To copy body actions such as clapping, stamping and waving.

To change the way a sound is played.

To draw along to music

To use one handed tools  to play instruments.


Communication and language 

To use sound language to describe different sounds

To name different instruments

To listen for environmental sounds.

To make voice sounds.

To identify what instrument has been played.

To retell the story Peace and Last through role play.

Follow simple musical patterns and compose our own.

Listen to instructions to stop and play an instrument.


Personal, social and emotional development

To talk about their favourite nursery rhymes.

To choose their favourite instruments and sounds.

To discuss how a sound makes them feel.

To discuss how music makes us feel – happy, sad, scared.

Take turns to play instruments with friends.


Expressive arts and design

To handle instruments correctly

To make different sounds with their bodies.

To sing familiar songs.

To create our own songs.

To create movements in response to music.

To change sounds by playing instruments in different ways.



We will be making our own musical instruments!

Exploring instruments