Nature's Orchestra

Investigate the sounds of the wild...

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 30mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subject: Music

Resource Overview

Sometimes, silence can be very loud, such as during this fantastic outdoor activity! Challenge pupils to investigate ‘Nature’s Orchestra’, by listening to what’s around them in a wild area. Children can create sound maps based on the noises, emulate what they’ve heard, and compose their own pieces inspired by the sounds of the wild. A fantastic way to develop musical understanding whilst getting closer to nature, this activity would be ideal for a whole class or an eco- group. It can be as short or in-depth as you make it (and there are plenty of extension ideas given in the plan)!

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

Curriculum Objectives

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.