Musical Contexts - Primary/Key Stage 2 Unit 2 - Weather and Seasons

Learning, Listening, Composing & Evaluating Activities
Performing Activities - Songs & Scores
Starter & Plenary Activities

About the Unit: This unit develops pupil’s ability to recognise how sound sources can be used expressively and be combined to create music in response to the Weather and the Seasons. Pupils explore how sounds can be changed, combined and organized to create class and group compositions. They respond to stimuli by the Weather and explore ways in which sound can be used expressively. Pupils are introduced to the music of the Baroque period and to the genre of the solo concerto focusing on “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi and exploring programme music further.

Element Focus - Pitch, Texture, Timbre & Dynamics, Melody & Harmony

Weather and Seasons from Musical Contexts provides a range of fun and exciting music activities and learning opportunities combining singing, performing, composing and listening and appraising with all of the resources you’ll need in one place!  Ideal for non-specialist music teachers (with a wealth of supporting media files to model tasks and a detailed scheme of work and lesson plans) and a wealth of fresh inspiration for music specialists.  Whether you’re exploring the topic of Weather or The Four Seasons, then there’s something within this unit that will hopefully inspire both you as a teacher and your pupils.  Scroll down to see the variety and range of resources and activities on offer. 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Exploring Textures, Harmony & Baroque Music

Supporting Activities - Cover and Homework




Song Sheet 1

Once in the Deep of the Winter

Song Sheet 2 - Rainy Day


MIDI 9 - Rainy Day Song Melody

Score 3 - Performing Autumn from The Four Seasons in Thirds

MIDI 6 - Autumn from the Four Seasons Part 1    MIDI 7 - Autumn from The Four Seasons Part 2

MIDI 8 - Autumn from The Four Seasons Parts 1 & 2 together

Score 4 - Autumn from The Four Seasons Missing Dynamics


Lesson Plan (PDF)

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Lesson 1

Exploring Weather Soundscapes

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Foreground and Background Textures

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Dynamics and Storm Music

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Vivaldi and Intervals of a Third

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring Dynamics and Harmony in “Autumn” from The Four Seasons

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring Textures in “Winter” from The Four Seasons

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle






Worksheet 1

Composing Cards

7 x A4 Weather Composition Photo Cards

Worksheet 2

Vivaldi and The Four Seasons - Information and 12 Questions

Worksheet 3 Listening to Autumn from The Four Seasons


(Uses Audio 3)

Audio 3

Autumn from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Worksheet 4 - Listening to Storm Music

(Uses Audios 4 & 5)


Audio 4 - Storm from Symphony No.6 - Beethoven

Audio 5 - Ride the Storm - Barrie Gledden







Worksheet 5

Assessing Autumn Performances

Worksheet 6

Assessing Winter Performances

Worksheet 7

Listening to Spring from The Four Seasons

(Uses Audio 6)

Audio 6

Spring from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi




Score 1 - Winter from The Four Seasons (Graphic Score)    Audio 7 -  Winter from The Four Seasons

Score 2 - Winter from The Four Seasons (4-parts)

MIDI 1 - Winter from The Four Seasons Part 1        MIDI 2 - Winter from The Four Seasons Part 2        MIDI 3 - Winter from The Four Seasons Part 3

MIDI 4 - Winter from The Four Seasons Part 4    MIDI 5 - Winter from The Four Seasons all 4 parts together  








Starter/Plenary 1

Weather Forecast Symbols

Starter/Plenary 2

Listening to Weather Music


(uses Audio 2)

Audio 2

Weather Music

Starter/Plenary 3

Weather & Seasons Key Word Definition Dominoes

Starter/Plenary 4



Starter/Plenary 5

Weather & Seasons

Key Words Word Search

Starter/Plenary 6


Card Sort








Starter/Plenary 7

Two Weather Poems

Audio 1

Weather Sound Effects

Audio 8

Weather Storm

Massive Attack

Audio 9

Summer Storm from The Four Seasons

Audio 10

Pure Shores

All Saints

Starter/Plenary 8

My Weather and Seasons Learning

Starter/Plenary 9

Baroque Music



Cover/Homework 1

The Violin and The Harpsichord

Cover/Homework 2

Vivaldi - His Life and Times