Lesson 2: Performing 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

Learning objectives

  • To be able to perform a ballad with an understanding of style


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:
Can either just participate in one section so they don’t have to remember it all, or just join in with the chorus.


Pupils working at greater depth:
Should sing with expression, thinking about the emotions attached to each line.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching career, Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school. Laura has a passion for working with children with a disadvantaged background, either through deprivation or disability,…
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