Reception, Unit 1: Handa’s Surprise – Lesson 1

Early Learning Goals:

  • To understand that music can be written down and notated.
  • To listen and recognise different rhythmic patterns.
  • To identify aspects of non-European music.


Starter activity: Play the excerpt of 'African Folk Music' and introduce music from Africa.

Main activity: Listen to the story, 'Handa's Surprise' and discuss the fruits Handa places in her basket, focussing on how they are described.

Plenary: Call and response activity using two Fruit Rhythm cards.


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