Minute of Listening is a creative listening activity that enables a listening culture in your classroom. The basic activity of listening to a minute, followed by reflection on the three questions, is a quick and simple addition to the daily routine, and you may find that this is sufficient for your teaching needs.
There are lots of ways you can extend Minute of Listening to suit the learning needs of your pupils, however, and many teachers develop their own ideas.
In this part of the website, 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.
This area will expand over time, so do keep checking back for all the latest updates!
Listening to music can help us understand the past and changes to the society we live in. In this section, we have…
Why not introduce music and sound into your science teaching? You can use Minute of Listening to have fun hearing the sounds…
Many minutes in Minute of Listening have strong connections with places, and places often have their own unique sound! In this area,…
At the heart of Minute of Listening is a huge range of music and sound from many places and times, and made…
Minute of Listening Bristol Weekly Challenge
Our friends at Bristol Plays Music made 60 minutes of Bristol sounds which you can find here on the Minute of Listening…
This activity has been suggested by composer and educator Liz Dobson, who thought it would be interesting to find out what you…
International Women’s Day Lesson Plans
Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March with our lesson plans and activities for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 classes! These can be…
Hull New Music Biennial
The New Music Biennial was a weekend-long celebration of new music that took place in Hull during the City of Culture celebrations…
Sound Mapping worksheet
This worksheet encourages pupils to listen carefully to all the sounds around them and think about where they are as well as…
Sound Diary Worksheet
One way of encouraging pupils to listen carefully and creatively is by keeping a sound diary or logbook. Each child can use…
“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
“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
“The children and I really like it. It has produced good opportunities for assessment of Speaking & Listening skills, awareness of changes in sound and being able to express likes and dislikes.”Primary Teacher, Primary Teacher
“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