Lesson 3: Pitch and rhythm: Underwater world

Learning about pitch and rhythm by adding a new character to the underwater piece

Learning objective

  • I can explain what pitch and rhythm 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 pitches and rhythms 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 pitch and rhythm ideas. Challenge them to introduce dynamics when the diver moves deeper into the water

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 teachers…
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