Lesson 3: Chanting and tuned percussion: Space chanting

Pupils ready for lift off by listening to a piece of classical music by Strauss and imagining that they're rockets about to blast into space, chanting as they go

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To chant and speak to make music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Remember in Music that some pupils you would expect to need support may not and those you would class as greater depth might struggle.

Pupils needing extra support: Get these pupils to chant the sections which need less rhythmic guidance, eg: blast off or whoosh


Pupils working at greater depth: Get these pupils to keep the steady beat with woosh and also to chant the words with more syllables – get some of the more advanced to be in charge of their section.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching career, Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school. Laura has a passion for working with children with a disadvantaged background, either through deprivation or disability,…
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