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Music in the Environment

Learning Objectives


  • Widen language experiences
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Investigate natural sounds
  • Improve their listening skills
  • Develop confidence in communicating musical ideas to others


  • Understand the importance of all performers contribution to the end result
  • Learn safely in a new environment
  • Develop appreciation of the environment

Early Years Foundation Stage links

  • A Unique Child: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4
  • Positive Relationships: 2.1
  • Enabling Environments: 3.3
  • Learning and Development: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

  • Question “What sounds will we hear when go for a walk in the countryside?” (5 mins)
  • Children put in to adult led groups
  • Walk out to the front of the Church (5 mins)
  • Activity: “Sound and Shape” Using shape to illustrate the sounds heard (10 mins)
  • Activity: “Listening Walk” Sounds identified and represented on an A3 map using post its. (30-40 mins)
  • Activity: “Sound Bingo” In a quiet location along the Listening Walk children are given a bingo card with a range of natural sounds played on a CD player (15 mins)

Detailed activity sheets can be found in the Music in the Environment curriculum material. Copies available at the centre.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met.

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

White boards and pens, A3 maps, post its, coloured pens, bingo cards, CD player and sounds, first aid kit.

Equipment needed from school


Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.



Greater use of vocabulary Pitch, Duration, Tempo, Timbre, Texture, Structure


Examples shown for the Sound and Shape activity. Easier sounds used for sound bingo, musical vocabulary provided for Listening Walk.