Lesson 3: The story behind the song

After watching a short animation, children pick out and note down the key parts of the story in preparation for writing their own lyric

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To write the lyrics for a ballad


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:


  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music



  • Draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally
  • Choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need a scribe or can create their story mountain using pictures. Can use the given 10 sentences and put them in order.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should write two sentences for each summary (rather than one) but the last words of each must rhyme.

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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