Phonics Phase One Aspect 2: Instrumental Sounds

This aspect promotes speaking and listening through the use of musical instruments. These can be either made by the children or bought.

Aspect 2 provides lots of opportunities for talk and discussion, developing and extending children’s vocabulary, which is an essential pre-reading skill.

Phonics Phase One Aspect 2: Instrumental Sounds

Activity Ideas

  • Make your own musical instruments - we've got plenty of ideas here!
  • Sing and play - sing your favourite songs or watch a video online, and play along with home-made instruments.
  • Kitchen band - raid the cupboards for saucepans and wooden spoons and make a racket!
  • Loud and quiet - using a collection of instruments, ask the childrent to play loudly, and then quietly.
  • Guess the instrument - sit the children back to back and get them to guess what the other is playing.
  • Performance - rope in someone who can play a musical instrument to give the children a performance. Encourage quiet listening.
  • Orchestra - listen and dance to orchestral music. Vary the music and ask the children how it makes them feel.
  • Pass the sound - sit children in a circle and give one an instrument. Ask them to make a sound and then pass the instrument on for the next child to try to make the same sound (NB this may not be appropriate post-Covid).

Our Phonics Phase One Aspect 2 Resources

Musical Instrument Flash Cards

Musical Instrument Flash Cards

Use our beautifully illustrated flash cards to explore the names of different musical instruments. How do you think that the instrument is played? How do you think the instrument will sound?

Musical Notes Playdough Mats

Musical Notes Playdough Mats

Make learning about music hands on fun with these playdough mats. Encourage the children to use different colours and to decorate their musical notes using beads, sequins or feathers.

What's That Noise Game

What's That Noise Game

You will need to gather up the musical instruments on the picture cards. Print the picture cards – you might want to laminate them if you are going to use them more than once. Set up a screen or a box so that the children cannot see which instrument you are using.

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