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This ‘Sound’ unit will teach the children about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of their school. They will understand the way particles pass sound vibrations on. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made to create their own set of pan pipes. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing.

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Watch it: What is sound?


Make it: Make a string telephone -


Explore: What does sound look like?


Make it: Use recyclable items (cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes, plastic yoghurt pots, etc) to make your own musical instruments.


Explore: Boost the sound that smartphone speakers make to experiment with how sounds are produced and how they can be made louder -


Make it: Make a sound game by recording a selection of sounds and seeing who can guess what each sound is.



- Oscar and the Bat by Geoff Waring

- Sound (Amazing Science) by Sally Hewitt

- Sound (How Does Science Work?) by Carol Ballard