SEND: Teach music using sensory materials

This activity is suitable for pupils with sensory needs in mainstream and special school.

Watch how different objects and sensory materials can be used to help children while singing or playing some simple songs.

Using objects and materials into the lesson will help children to understand sounds through the exploring different of textures, rather than listening to a song alone.

What materials you need for this activity

Here is the list food materials that you can use:

  • Lime
  • Chocolate yoghurt/mousse
  • Coffee
  • Salt
  • Jam
  • Yeast extract
  • Sugar
  • Hot-water bottle/heat and cool gel pads

Curriculum notes

These clips are suitable for teaching music at EYFS and Key Stage 1 in England, Foundation in Wales, Early Years and Foundation KS1 in Northern Ireland and Early and First Level in Scotland.

More SEND guides

SEND: Sensory songs to teach phonics and counting
SEND: Telling a story with music and sensory exploration

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