Lesson 4: Viking battle song

Experimenting with the order of known rhythms, children create their own Viking song, adding instrumental effects

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To use simple rhythmic notation to compose a Viking battle song

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff (and other musical notations)
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to work as part of a guided group and stick to the rhythms provided.


Pupils working at greater depth: These pupils can work with the extension cards and those who have instrumental lessons could also bring in their instruments to use in their composition.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Music specialist