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Book 19: Properties of Sound: How Sound-makers and Musical Instruments Work

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Physical world icon. Physical world


Music is a context for concepts of sound with which all children are familiar and to which they can easily relate. This book explores the phenomenon of sound created by acoustic music, but confident teachers may wish to extend the topic through, for example, electronic music, computer-generated sounds, "white noise", human speech, or sounds of nature. The concepts build on those covered in Exploring Sound: Using Sound-makers and Musical Instruments , (book 18 in this series) the companion book at levels 1 and 2. The topic links to the Material World (materials used to create, reflect, transmit, absorb, or enhance sound).

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Properties of Sound: How Sound-makers and Musical Instruments Work.

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Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.