Lesson 1: What is a ballad?

Children listen to and learn to identify the features of a ballad, understanding that ballads tell a story through song

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To sing a ballad and explain what it is

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from having the lyrics in front of them so that they can work out the storyline from there.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should add a feelings word to each box on their storyboard to say how each of the characters are feeling at different points in the story.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching careerA job or occupation in one area of work that is undertaken for a long period of time…., Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school.…
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