Lesson 1: Pulse and rhythm: My favourite things

Children learn how to feel the pulse in music and experiment with percussion instruments. To be Covid-appropriate, you could sanitise the percussion instruments, or teach the lesson without instruments.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To use my voice and hands to make music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: If pupils struggle with the singing activity, you can sing most of their part for them, asking them just to sing or say the food name in the gap.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should offer peer support to other pupils.

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…
Find out more