Lesson 1: Pulse and tempo: Dive into danger!

Using pulse and tempo to tell a story about a brush with sharks.

Learning objective

  • Learning to understand the musical vocabulary: pulse and tempo 


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

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Complete the movement and sounds with them so they can see something to copy if needed.


Pupils working at greater depth: These will be the natural leaders, use the performance opportunities to get them to show the class their movements and sounds

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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 teachers…
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