Lesson 3: Classical music, dynamics and tempo: Performing animals

Clapping the syllables to simple rhythms, children develop their understanding of rhythm, then transform the song from Lesson 2 into a performance with the addition of dynamics and percussion

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To perform a song

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Remember that in Music, pupils you might expect to need support may not need it and those you would class as working at greater depth in other curriculum areas might need support.


Pupils needing extra support: Use hand signals to remind children when to be loud and when to be quiet.


Pupils working at greater depth: These pupils will independently remember to use the dynamics (louds and quiets) without prompting.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching career, Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school. Laura has a passion for working with children with a disadvantaged background, either through deprivation or disability,…
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