Lesson 5: Timbre and rhythmic patterns: Keeping the pulse

Children take part in a class performance of 'The Three Little Pigs', using untuned instruments, showcasing their work throughout the topic, focussing on keeping the pulse of the rhythm

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To keep the pulse using untuned instruments

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should focus on phrases with words with one syllable.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should think of more complex phrases with words containing three or more syllables – saying them in their head whilst they play.

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 SolutionsĀ® Limited; helping…
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