Horrid Henry Rocks - Sound

Horrid Henry Rocks by Francesca Simon is a great book to start teaching about sound. The story involves the antics of Horrid Henry, Moody Margaret and their peers. Henry  wants to go to the see his favourite band, The Killerboy Rats in concert while his family want to go to the Daffy and her Dancing Daisies concert. Children could use this book to help them explore:

• how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
• that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
• patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it


Key scientific vocabulary: sound, sound source​, noise,vibrate/vibration, travel​, matter, pitch​, tune, high/low, volume​, loud/quiet, fainter​, muffle, strength of vibrations, insulatio, instrument, precussion, strings, brass, woodwind, tuned / untuned instruments.

Other fiction books with a similar theme include:

Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? – Eric Carle

Moonbird - Joyce Dunbar (Explores deafness & Communcation)

What the Jackdaw Saw - Julia Donaldson ( Explores sign language  - written by a group of deaf children in a workshop with Julia Donaldson)

Little Beaver and the Echo  - Amy MacDonald

Dachy's Deaf - Jack Hughes