Lesson 1: The Three Bears

Children are introduced to instruments in the orchestra, and then try to identify the instruments within a piece of orchestral music based on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To listen to and analyse an orchestral version of a traditional story

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need help with reminders of what the different sections of the orchestra sound like.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to order the flashcards in the Activity: Instruments of the orchestra flashcards according to their instrument family.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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