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…
Celebrating Musical Role Models Lesson Plans
Celebrate Black musical histories all year round with this collection of lesson plans. They are for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage…
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 2020
Celebrate and highlight the achievements of women composers and musicians throughout March by exploring our new International Women’s Day collection. We have…
From Listening to Composing
Being able to listen is a vital skill and listening to music from a range of traditions and times is an essential…
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…
“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
“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
“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