Lesson 4: Timbre and rhythmic patterns: Responding to music

Children learn to identify how timbre is used to represent the different characters in 'Peter and the Wolf'.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To recognise how timbre is used to represent characters in a piece of music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could be grouped near you so that you can discuss with them which sign they need to show.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to recall details about the music during the wrapping up section.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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