EYFS/KS1: Music lesson plan downloads

Music class lesson plan downloads for teaching music to primary school children and Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 in England, Foundation in Wales, Early Years and Foundation KS1 in Northern Ireland and Early and First Level in Scotland.

These lesson plans can be used in conjunction with other areas of the primary school curriculum including maths, literacy, science, drama, dance, PE, art and expressive arts.

Song lesson plans can be used with educational tool Play It!.

For more advice and resources on how to teach music to primary school children see Teacher Techniques.

Early Years Foundation Stage Activity Plans

These activity plans suit children of 4-5 years old.

Bring the Noise Theme

Learning Focus: Body percussion, Dynamics, Understanding silence, Careful listening Themes: Teamwork, Daily Routines Download: Bring the Noise Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

Dream On

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Duration, Timbre Themes: Science, Dreams, End of the Day

Download: Dream ON EYFS activity

Gathered Round the Christmas Tree

Learning Focus: Dynamics Themes: Seasons, Christmas, Musicals, Family

Download: Gathered Round the Christmas Tree EYFS activity one
Download: Gathered Round the Christmas Tree EYFS activity two
Download: Gathered Round the Christmas Tree EYFS song map

Golden

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Rhythm Themes: PSHE, Diversity, Self Belief, Teamwork

Download: Golden Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

Hands in the Air

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Pulse, Rhythm Themes: PE, Science, The Human Body

Download: Hands in the Air Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one
Download: Welsh Hands in the Air Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

Happy

Learning Focus: Pulse, Pitch, Tempo, Dynamics Themes: PSHE, Emotions, Self Belief

Download: Happy Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

I Am a Robot

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Pulse, Rhythm Themes: Science, Maths, Technology

Download: I am a Robot Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one
Download: Welsh I am a Robot Early Years Foundation Stage lesson

Music Time

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Body Percussion Themes: Drama, Dance, Literacy

Download: Music Time Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

Summertime

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Pitch, Pulse, Playing as an Ensemble Themes: Seasons, Science, Geography

Download: Summertime Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

Take You Home

Learning Focus: Pulse, Pitch, Voice as an instrument Themes: Science, History, Geography, Journeys, World War II

Download:Take You Home Early Years Foundation Stage lesson
Download:Take You Home - Victory in Europe Day lesson

When the Cold Wind Blows

Learning Focus: Careful listening, Tempo, Dynamics, Duration Themes: Seasons, Daily Routines, Science, Geography

Download: When the Cold Wind Blows Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one

YolanDa's Band Jam: Bass Face

Learning Focus: Pitch, Careful listening Themes: Science, PE, Dance

Download: Bass Face Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one
Download: Bass Face Early Years Foundation Stage lesson two
Download: Bass Face Early Years Foundation Stage lesson three

YolanDa's Band Jam: Funky Elephant Walk

Learning Focus: Pulse, Rhythm Themes: Animals, Maths, PE

Download: Funky Elephant Walk Early Years Foundation Stage lesson one
Download: Funky Elephant Walk Early Years Foundation Stage lesson two

Key Stage 1 Lesson and Activity Plans

These activity plans suit children of 5-7 years old.

Anything

Learning Focus: Pulse, Rhythm, Voice as an instrument Themes: PSHE, Science, Phonics, Self Belief

Download: Anything Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Anything Key Stage 1 lesson two

Be in the Band

Learning Focus: Composition, Pulse, Rhythm, Playing as an ensemble Themes: Maths, PSHE, Stories, Teamwork

Download: Be in the Band Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Be in the Band Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Be in the Band Key Stage 1 lesson three
Download: Welsh Be in the Band Key Stage 1 lesson one

Bring the Noise Theme

Learning Focus: Pulse, Rhythm, Playing as an ensemble Themes: Teamwork, Daily Routines

Download: Bring the Noise Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Bring the Noise Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Bring the Noise Key Stage 1 lesson three
Download: Welsh Bring the Noise Key Stage 1 lesson one

Dream On

Learning Focus: Identifying instruments, Pulse, Pitch Themes: Science, Dreams, End of the Day

Download: Dream On Key Stage 1 lesson

Far

Learning Focus: Body percussion, Pulse, Rhythm, Pitch, Voice as an instrument Themes: Literacy, PSHE, Art, Teamwork

Download: Far Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Far Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Far Key Stage 1 lesson three

Golden

Learning Focus: Dynamics, Pitch, Pulse, Voice as an instrument Themes: PSHE, Diversity, Self Belief, Teamwork

Download: Golden Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Golden Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Golden Key Stage 1 lesson three

Gravity

Learning Focus: Dynamics, Pitch Themes: Science, Space, Daily Routines

Download: Gravity Key Stage 1 lesson one

Hands in the Air

Learning Focus: Pitch, Dynamics, Composition, Pulse Themes: PE, Science, The Human Body

Download: Hands in the Air Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Hands in the Air Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Hands in the Air Key Stage 1 lesson three
Download: Welsh Hands in the Air Key Stage 1 lesson one

I Am a Robot

Learning Focus: Body Percussion, Pulse, Rhythm, Composition, Voice as an instrument, Themes: Science, Maths, Technology

Download: I am a Robot Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: I am a Robot lesson two
Download: I am a Robot Key Stage 1 lesson three
Download: Welsh I am a Robot Key Stage 1 lesson one

Spooky World

Learning Focus: Playing as an ensemble, Pulse, Rhythm, Graphic notation Themes: Literacy, Art, Seasons, Halloween, Stories

Download: Spooky World Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Spooky World Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Spooky World Key Stage 1 lesson three

Summertime

Learning Focus: Lyric writing, Pulse Themes: Seasons, Science, Geography

Download: Summertime Key Stage 1 lesson one

Take You Home

Learning Focus: Body Percussion, Rhythm, Pitch, Composition, Playing as an ensemble Themes: Science, History, Geography, Journeys, World War II

Download: Take You Home Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Take You Home Key Stage 1 lesson two
Download: Take You Home lesson three
Download:Take You Home - Victory in Europe Day lesson
Download: Welsh Take You Home Key Stage 1 lesson one

When the Cold Wind Blows

Learning Focus: Dynamics, Pulse, Playing as an ensemble Themes: Seasons, Daily Routines, Science, Geography

Download: When the Cold Wind Blows Key Stage 1 lesson one

YolanDa's Band Jam: Bass Face

Learning Focus: Pitch, Careful listening Themes: Science, PE, Dance

Download: Bass Face Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Bass Face Key Stage 1 lesson two

YolanDa's Band Jam: Funky Elephant Walk

Learning Focus: Pulse, Rhythm Themes: Animals, Maths, PE

Download: Funky Elephant Walk Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Funky Elephant Walk Key Stage 1 lesson two

YolanDa's Band Jam: Something Bout That Noise

Learning Focus: Dynamics, Playing as an ensemble Themes: Maths, Science

Download: Something Bout That Noise Key Stage 1 lesson one
Download: Something Bout That Noise Key Stage 1 lesson two

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

These activity plans have been written with Young Disabled Learners in mind. They can be run with any age group, even with those who do not require SEND resources.

Dream On

Learning Focus: Moving to music, Careful listening, Tuned and untuned percussion Themes: Science, Dreams, End of the Day

Download: SEND Dream On lesson
Download: Welsh SEND Dream On lesson

Golden

Learning Focus: Moving to music, Careful listening Themes: PSHE, Diversity, Self Belief, Teamwork

Download: SEND Golden lesson
Download: Welsh SEND Golden lesson

Music Time

Learning Focus: Rhythm, Moving to music Themes: Drama, Dance

Download: SEND Music Time lesson
Download: Welsh SEND Music Time lesson

Take You Home

Learning Focus: Rhythm, Playing as an ensemble Themes: Science, History, Geography, Journeys

Download: SEND Take You Home lesson one
Download: Welsh SEND Take You Home lesson one

Sonic Explorers: Garden and Rainforest

Learning Focus: Describing sounds, Timbre Themes: Journeys, Rainforests

Download Lesson Plan: SEND Sonic Explorers Garden lesson
Download Lesson Plan: Welsh SEND Sonic Explorers Garden lesson

Sonic Explorers: Bedroom and Under the Sea

Learning Focus: Playing in an ensemble, Timbre Themes: Daily Routines, Journeys, Stories, Under the sea

Download Lesson Plan: SEND Sonic Explorers Bedroom lesson
Download Lesson Plan: Welsh SEND Sonic Explorers Bedroom lesson

Sonic Explorers: Supermarket and Space Station

Learning Focus: Describing sounds, Timbre Themes: Space, Technology, Daily Routine, Food

Download Lesson Plan: SEND Sonic Explorers Supermarket lesson
Download Lesson Plan: Welsh SEND Sonic Explorers Supermarket lesson

Sonic Explorers: Beach and Prehistoric Times

Learning Focus: Pitch, Timbre Themes: Outside world, The seaside, Dinosaurs

Download Lesson Plan: SEND Sonic Explorers Beach lesson
Download Lesson Plan: Welsh SEND Sonic Explorers Beach lesson

Thunder Jam: Rainforests and Soundscapes

Learning Focus: Soundscapes, Careful listening Themes: Rainforests

Download Lesson Plan: Thunder Jam - Rainforests lesson
Download Lesson Plan: Welsh Thunder Jam - Rainforests lesson

Where next?

Play It!: EYFS / KS1 Music
game
YolanDa's Band Jam
Sonic Explorers: Garden and rainforest
video
Thunder Jam: Express Yourself
Bring The Noise: Teacher Techniques
Music colouring sheets