Lesson 4: Classical music, dynamics and tempo: Composing animals

Using percussion instruments, the children create a class improvisation of a piece of music representing a tortoise, eagle, cheetah and an eagle, focussing on improving the overall sound through their timing, tempo and dynamics

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To use instruments to create different sounds

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music

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: Give them a visual prompt to help them stay playing at the right time.


Pupils working at greater depth: Ask these pupils to lead a small group so they can play in time.

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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