Lesson 2: Timbre and rhythmic pattern: Starting with instruments

Building on their understanding of timbre, children carefully select and play appropriate instruments or body percussion to help tell the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To select suitable instrumental sounds to represent a character

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Encourage them to think about the size of different characters. What sort of sound do we need for a BIG wolf? Demonstrate two or three different sounds and ask the child to make the best selection.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be asked to justify why they have chosen this sound: “I chose this sound for my character because…”

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
Music specialist
After a brief spell as an opera singer, Liz embarked on a 20 year career in music education; teaching at early years, primary and secondary. After Liz had her daughter, she started her own business Music Education Solutions® Limited; helping…
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