Age range: 7-11
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D&T
  • Science

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Making a single stringed instrument

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within science and design and technology. This resource focusses on the construction, investigation and testing of a single stringed instrument.

Stringed instruments are used to produce a wide variety of sounds used in music across the world. Can you construct a model of a single stringed instrument and explain how it works?

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity learners will construct a card model of a single stringed instrument. They will test how it works, demonstrating how the tension of the string affects the pitch of the notes produced.

This could be used as a one-off activity or as part of a wider unit of work focussing on how sound is produced and heard by the human ear. It could also be used to develop modelling and prototyping skills.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Super sounds activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.


Teachers presentation outlining how to make a single stringed instrument.

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