Year 4 Topic Home Learning

Week 13

This week we thought it would be interesting to have some Music!   

We have read our English focus book, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ and thought it might be fun to create a soundscape based on a scene from the book. 

What is a soundscape in Music? 

The term “soundscape” can refer to an audio recording or performance of sounds that creates the sensation of experiencing a particular acoustic environment, or compositions created using the found sounds of an acoustic environment, either exclusively or in conjunction with musical performances. 

What is a Soundscape? 

This is a lovely link where children work together to make a soundscape of the sea, using only vocals.  They do make it into a performance, which you are more than welcome to do 🙂 

If you are struggling to think of a scene to use, here are some to consider, along with some ideas! 


  • Sitting at the dinner table – he can not see but he can hear lots of things.  Maybe cutlery clinking and plates scratching. 
  • When Edward is on the boat or thrown off the boat – what would he hear at sea?  How would it sound underwater? 
  • Edward sitting in the kitchen with Nellie – she’s baking and chatting to him.  Maybe he can hear the sounds of the rolling pin, kneading dough or the whisking of food in the bowl. 
  • The dump: when Edward is left to have rubbish pile on top of him and then is found by a dog.  He might hear seagulls and machinery! 
  • When he travels around  and meets homeless people with Bull – crackling campfire, sounds of the road and nature. 
  • When Edward is made into a scarecrow – he is outside all alone.  What might be making noise around him?  
  • Sat in the cabin with Bryce and Sarah Ruth – Bryce plays an instrument. 
  • When Edward is on the shelf in the doll shop – does the door have a bell on it when it is opened?  Does he hear the fixing of broken dolls or people walking around the shop? 

Be as inventive as you want!  If you finish, maybe you would like to create a different soundscape or review the one you created?