Weather Lesson Plan

Suitable for primary pupils with profound learning difficulties who are exploring and experiencing sound in a sensory way.

This lesson will offer pupils opportunities to listen to, create, and interact with different music and sounds that relate to the theme of weather. The lesson is bookended by a hello and goodbye song, and then there are three main activities that explore the sounds and multisensory experience of different types of weather.



Pupils with profound learning difficulties. ‘Sound-makers’ experience music in a sensory way.

Lesson Format

The activities in this lesson can be undertaken in one go or could be divided over a couple of lessons. Try repeating the activities over a series of lessons and see how your pupils’ musical responses change and develop.

Resources needed

  • A rainstick or any kind of shaker instrument (e.g. egg shaker, ocean drum) – anything that sounds a bit like rain or water
  • A chime bar or any kind of metallic-sounding instrument (e.g. triangle, glockenspiel, bells) – anything that sounds bright
  • A small selection of percussion instruments for pupils to choose from and play – anything!
  • Scarves or streamers or something similar to wave

Backing tracks

Music Learning Outcomes
  1. Listening: to have the opportunity to respond to different sounds (e.g. singing, different instruments, loud, quiet, fast slow)
  2. Creating: to have the opportunity to create sounds by vocalising or with an instrument
  3. Interacting: to have the opportunity to create sounds with others together or by taking turns
Links to wider curriculum

PSHE: Playing and working together, identifying and expressing feelings (Sunshine Song)

EYFS: Communication and Language (turn-taking using instruments and vocalisation), Physical Development (gross and fine motor skills), Understanding the World (weather/nature), Expressive Arts and Design (music and movement)

Key vocabulary

Wind, rain, sun, sunshine, fast, slow

Hello Song

A hello song to welcome pupils into the space and to cue the start of their music class

Windy Day

A multisensory activity, combining music and movement

Incy Wincy Spider

This activity offers the opportunity to respond to and explore different types of sound

Sunshine Song

This activity offers children the chance to play music together and to play solo

Goodbye Song

A goodbye song to signal the end of the lesson