Lesson 2: Rhythmic safari

Children listen to African folk music while going on safari around the classroom, using voices to imitate the sounds of the animals they meet, and learning to clap back animal rhythms in time to the music.

Learning objective

  • To copy a short rhythm and recognise simple notation

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

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Get them to just play the beat if they cannot clap the rhythm back.


Pupils working at greater depth: Try and get these pupils to repeat one rhythm over and over without the need for the teacher to clap it first.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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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