Lesson 2: Pentatonic scale

Learning that the pentatonic scale is a five-note scale, pupils use a tuned instrument to play the scale together as a class, before moving on to playing pentatonic melodies in pairs

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To play a pentatonic melody

 

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
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • 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

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Group these pupils together and support them until they can play the scale confidently.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Ask these pupils to focus on playing with fluency, control and expression. If they are confident enough, they could also add a harmony part using the notes of the pentatonic scale.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding

Vocabulary

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