Sounding Off KS2 – INSPIRE

NEW! This hands- on, noisy and creative workshop explores the science behind sound and music, and uses sound to inspire visual art.


Workshop plus Museum visit up to 4 hours

Workshop outline

The workshop begins with a discussion about what sound is and what three things are needed for us to hear it. We look at and hear a range of musical instruments and discuss how they make sound, and explore a model ear!

Pupils then get hands-on, improvising instruments from scrap. We use these instruments to investigate how sounds can be made louder, how sound changes as distance from the source alters and experiment with how to change the pitch of a sound.

After lunch, we explore our sculpture garden and listen to working machinery in the Museum to investigate how sound can be used to create visual art.

Learning Objectives

  • By the end of the workshop most pupils will be able to
  • Use the idea of vibrations to explain how sounds are made and carried, relate loudness to the strength of vibrations,
  • Explain how various instruments make sounds
  • Devise improvised instruments and suggest how they work, how they can make sounds that are louder and how they can make sounds with a higher pitch
  • Explain how sound changes as distance from the source alters
  • Experience creating visual art using sound

National Curriculum Links

Science Year 4

  • identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
  • find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
  • find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.

Art & Design

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)

Suggestions for pre-visit preparation

Before the visit it would be helpful if you could introduce the children to what they will be doing on the day and explain how it relates to their school work

Feedback and evaluation

We will give you an evaluation form to complete at the end of the workshop. Please complete this as fully as you can. Your feedback is very much appreciated and is used to ensure that future workshops meet the learning needs of your students.

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