Lesson 2: Listening to space

Listening to space-inspired music, pupils respond creatively by drawing what they hear and then identifying the dynamics, instruments and mood of the pieces of music.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To listen for and recognise some basic elements of music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Begin to use musical vocabulary to describe music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Would benefit from using the Dynamics movement visual prompt resource to show them when to be loud/quiet.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to use musical terminology when describing the music and challenged to give their own definitions of these terms and explain them to their peers.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
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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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