Lesson 2: Radio plays

Once children have written their radio play, they record and edit it to include sound effects and music

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To record, edit and add sound effects to a radio play

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information


Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should work as a group with the Activity: Example script resource.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage children to think about general background noise; for example, in some radio plays, it may say that the room is echoey, how could they alter their recording to give the impression of echoey? (By adding reverb)


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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