Lesson 3: Musical storytelling

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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To plan a soundtrack program

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could work within an adult led group where choices are reduced during discussion about the features, eg: Is the scene happy or sad? Do you think the music will be quick or slow?


Pupils working at greater depth: Amongst their notes, they may begin noting some of the programming commands they’re going to use or have identified during the research stage.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sway Grantham,  
Computing specialist
Sway Grantham (@SwayGrantham) is a Primary School Teacher, a CAS Master Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education for Primary ICT. She also has a BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching (Primary). She has written several curricula and conducted research into the…
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