Lesson 5: Musical story composition

Children write, compose, practise and perform their own musical story based on either their morning routine, the school day routine or anything else that is appropriate for your class

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To create a musical story based upon a familiar routine
  • To use instruments to represent moods or actions
  • To play an instrument as part of a group story

EYFS outcomes

Expressive arts and design

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills. 
  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.
  • ELG: Being imaginative and expressive: Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music. 


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Creating and thinking critically 


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning


Teacher notes

Next steps

To create a musical story based upon a familiar routine. 

To use movement to express moods or actions within a musical story.

To play an instrument as part of a musical story and perform as a group. 

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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Sophie Pickles,  
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