Lesson 4: Structured soundscape

Working in groups, pupils choose a setting (seaside, countryside or city) for which to compose their piece of music.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To compose a piece of music as part of a group

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: Could be grouped together so that you can offer differentiation by support.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should add a contrasting soundscape to the end of their composition.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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