Lesson 4: Jack and the Beanstalk

Working in groups, children plan out how to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through music, using their understanding of dynamics, timbre and tempo

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To write a play script and select appropriate musical sounds to accompany it

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Encourage pupils to write simple sentences or suggest their ideas to the group and circle their choices between loud and quiet as well as fast or slow, explaining their decision.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage these pupils to move on to adding sounds to their script.

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…
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