Lesson 5: Swung rhythms

Pupils play a jazz version of a nursery rhyme using tuned percussion

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To create a jazz motif

National curriculum

  • Children should be taught to:
    • 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
    • Develop an understanding of the history of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Use coloured dots on the notes and the corresponding colour coded notation handout to help them learn the tune.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should experiment and adapt the rhythm as necessary, ensuring that it is still a swung rhythm.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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