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Jungle Sounds: Key Stage 2

This quiet activity helps children to learn how to listen for different sounds and to interpret them.

Wren © Peter Fawcett

Sitting in a group the children will listen for sounds made by nature and be asked to try and identify what is making the noise and why. They will also be asked to write down how they would describe some of the noises they hear and learn that some species of animal are named after noises that they make.

This activity lasts 15 minutes and works best in groups of up to 20 children but can be carried out with a class group.

Learning Outcomes/Curriculum Links

Science Curriculum: Working Scientifically, Animals, Sound and Living Things & Their Habitats.

English Curriculum: Spoken Language

This activity will help Children to:

  • learn how to actively listen.
  • learn how locally occurring animals and plants can be identified and assigned to groups.
  • learn about the different plants and animals found in different habitats.
  • learn how animals in different habitats are suited to their environment.
  • learn language associated with wildlife.
  • learn about creative writing and phonetics.
  • learn how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
  • find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
  • find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions