Lesson 2: Dynamics and timbre: Underwater world

Using timbre and dynamics to represent an aquarium filled with different fish.

Learning objective

  • I can explain what dynamics and timbre are 


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 dynamic changes with them so they can see something to copy if needed.Encourage them to play louder as they move closer to you, and quieter as they move away.


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

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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