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…
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…
“It's very rare during the school day to have a minute where we stop; for pupils to have a minute of quiet time to themselves is quite unusual. We've been using Minute of Listening every day after lunchtime. We've found this to be a really beneficial time for the children. ”Alex Richardson, Science Co-ordinator
Bude Park Primary School, Hull
“Minute of Listening is a brilliant tool that can support teachers in delivering all kinds of curriculum areas creatively and effectively. Listening well is such an important skill but all too often it is neglected. Working in partnership with the great team at Bristol Plays Music means that we have the opportunity to bring together evidence about the transformation Minute of Listening can make to children and to schools when delivered across an area.”Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive
Sound and Music
“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
“Thank you for such a fine and thought-provoking resource.”James Cawley
Fair Furlong Primary School, Bristol