Lesson 2: The Snow Queen

Focusing on the story of The Snow Queen, children analyse how music can convey different moods or aspects of the narrative.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To listen to and analyse a film musical 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 benefit from being paired with a more confident talk partner.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use musical vocabulary to describe what they hear, such as the interrelated dimensions of music (dynamics, pitch, tempo, timbre, structure, texture).

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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