Lesson 3: Viking notation

Using Viking-themed phrases to learn new rhythms, pupils develop their understanding of staff notation, learning to recognise note names by sight and sound

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To recognise simple rhythmic notation by ear and by sight

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand staff (and other musical notations)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need to work as part of a guided group.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should work with the extension handout.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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