Lesson 3: Sounds of the city

After singing 'London Bridge is falling down', children try to recreate the sounds they might hear in the city, using a city image as inspiration.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn about the music of the British Isles and create music of our own

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality recorded music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Make sure these pupils can always view the Presentation: City image and point out specific items that would create sounds.

Pupils working at greater depth: Ask to add some of the ‘interrelated dimensions of music’ to their work, for example, dynamics.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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