Lesson 1: Rhythm and structure

Pupils create rhythms and put them into an order, or structure, to tell the story of St George and the Dragon.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a rhythm

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment, create, select and combine sounds

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from using the example rhythms, practising with them, then playing them in the specified order.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to make sure that each of their word patterns has a different rhythm so that they can get real variety in their piece.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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…
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