Lesson 1: Timbre and rhythmic patterns: Character voices

Children use the familiar story of 'The Three Little Pigs' to explore timbre by creating different character voices

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To use voices expressively to speak and chant

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


Pupils needing extra support: Can play a smaller role within the group, to reduce pressure and not to hinder confidence.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should think about how they could add some action to complement their spoken words.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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