Lesson 4: Pulse and rhythm: Happy

Using the 'call and response' method, pupils listen out for rhythms and then repeat them

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To listen to and repeat short rhythmic patterns

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Play untuned instruments musically
  • Create sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music (rhythm)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Give pupils individual teacher support to transfer word rhythms onto instruments.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should lead the rhythmic copyback activity.

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 teachers…
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