Learning to Listen – circle time games

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By Janet MacPheeSenior School Improvement Adviser at Peterborough LEA

Try these simple classroom games to develop children’s listening skills

We are all used to the habit of ‘tuning out’ certain sounds – it is something that comes naturally and instinctively, a type of subconscious selection that we aren’t always aware we are doing. For younger children, growing up in a media age of ever noisier distractions, this is a ‘skill’ that can hamper their ability to focus and be attentive to sounds. The following simple games are therefore an ideal way of developing sound discrimination with your class.

1. Stop and listen

stop listen

You will need: an attentive class of listeners!

Ask the children if they have a favourite noise, or a noise that they don’t like. Get them to describe it to you or a talking partner. Discuss quiet noises, loud noises, noises vehicles make, noises that nature makes, bird noises – the list is endless!

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