The basic Minute of Listening activity of creative listening to a minute of music of sound each day is a quick and easy way to bring a listening culture into the classroom. There are lots of ways you can extend this activity to suit the learning needs of your pupils and many teachers develop their own ideas.
Here, we have provided a selection of content themed by curriculum area, plus some resources and ideas to help you develop your use of Minute of Listening.
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Below are three worksheets that you can download, print, and work through as a class when you listen to each minute!
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And introduce a culture of curious, engaged and reflective listening.
Explore over 200 minutes
And access many genres and styles from all kinds of contributors.
Listen actively with your class
And let their imaginations flourish whilst they learn creatively.
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And support teachers with innovative resources, ideas and activities.
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- Ashton Gate Stadium
- Bloodhound SSC workshop
- Bristol Bear Pit
- Bristol Cathedral
- Bristol Central Library
- Bristol Cycle Path
- Bristol Harbour
- Bristol Harbourside
- Bristol Memorial Stadium
- Bristol Millennium Square
- Bristol Temple Meads Station
- Bristol University Botanical Gardens
- Bristol Zoo
- Broadmead Shopping Centre
- Cabot Circus
- Clifton Suspension Bridge
- River Frome
- Rolt's Boat Yard
- St Mary Redcliffe Church
- Wills Memorial Building
Give us your feedback“I can see how Minute of Listening can be used in other ways; it can be used in lesson support because the sounds are so varied, so if you were doing a geography topic or a particular book in literacy, you might be able to have a sound that links with that. It's a way of firing their imaginations”Alex Richardson, Science Co-ordinator
Bude Park Primary School, Hull
Give us your feedback“I use Minute of Listening as a starter to my music lessons because listening and appraising is a huge part of the national curriculum for music. It fits perfectly and enables the children to actively listen, to talk about what they're hearing, to use the vocabulary associated with the music. They really enjoy it and it exposes them to a whole range of music that we wouldn't otherwise expose them to. ”Natalie Morris, Year 3 teacher
Bricknell Primary School, Hull
Give us your feedback“Making Minute of Listening available to every school in Bristol will give teachers a high quality resource that promotes listening and creativity. In addition it will cultivate a shared learning experience between all primary school pupils regardless of where they live in the city.”Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music
Bristol Plays Music, Bristol
Give us your feedback“Minute of Listening has broadened the children's experience of sound and music. It has developed their interest and inspired dance and music-making activities. It has introduced many unfamiliar sounds and instruments. It has given them the opportunity to talk about the unfamiliar, share their views and ideas. ”Primary Teacher, Primary Teacher