Lesson 1: Pitch and tempo: High fliers

Children are introduced to the concept of pitch and learn to recognise low and high sounds in superhero theme tunes

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the concept of pitch

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
  • 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: Group these pupils together with the support of a teaching assistant.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to identify the higher of two notes that are next to each other, then extending to playing three notes close together.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
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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…
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