Programming music: Scratch

Pupils further develop their coding and music skills to different sounds , beats and melodies which are put to the test with a live Battle of the Bands performance!

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Tinkering with Scratch music elements

Pupils explore the programming software Scratch, exploring it's capabilities and practise their debugging skills

Lesson 2: Scratch soundtracks

Using their developing programming skills, the children create a piece of music based upon a given theme, including the use of loops

Lesson 3: Planning a soundtrack

After observing how music can affect the mood of a film scene, pupils compose their own soundtrack to a story, considering the pitch, tempo, timbre and rhythm of their piece

Lesson 4: Programming a soundtrack

Children are introduced to a greater range of musical instruments via the Music extension add-on in Scratch and learn how to include loops in their programming

Lesson 5: Battle of the bands

The unit culminates in a Battle of the Bands, which sees pupils playing their music live and adapting their code as they perform

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources